Florida Car Accident Attorney Asks–Are You Guilty of Aggresive Driving?

by Carmen Dellutri on September 12, 2011

Port Charlotte car accident attorneyIt can be difficult to keep your emotions in check when dealing with traffic or seemingly mindless drivers that tailgate, merge without looking, or take your parking spot. However, aggressive driving could result in a serious Florida car accident or even death to yourself or someone else.

Fortunately, there are some basic things that you can do to reduce your chances of ever becoming involved in a Florida aggressive driving or "road rage" incident.

Adjust Your Attitude

  • Give the other driver the benefit of the doubt.
  • We all make mistakes. Do not assume that all unsafe driving actions are intentional or personal.
  • Be polite and courteous, even if the other driver isn't.

Think Before You React

  • Self-control is crucial in managing stress and preventing aggressive driving.
  • It is important for individuals to have a set of responses to cope with frustration. The most important advice is to remain patient in traffic congestion. You can gain a sense of control by realizing that people behave differently in different situations and that environmental factors may affect others to a greater or lesser degree than they affect you.
  • Information about why a driver may be acting in a certain way will make their behavior more predictable to you, and you will be able to take action to avoid aggressive driving, if necessary.
  • Drivers must pay more attention to their own levels of emotion. Evidence suggests that drivers who allow their emotions to spiral out of control while driving are a much greater risk to themselves than to those around them. It is important not to try to alleviate aggressive emotion with an outburst. Research shows that this does not help to overcome the situation, and the risk of retaliation increases.
  • If you are challenged, take a deep breath and get out of the way, even if you are in the right.

Finally, before reacting, think about the possible consequences of your actions. Don't let an impulsive aggressive driving action ruin the rest of your life.

Source: Safe NY

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Florida motor vehicle accident, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced injury attorneys for a free consultation. 

Previous post:

Next post: