Florida Speeding / Aggressive Driving Accident Lawyer
The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) says that even though drunk driving deaths have declined in recent years and more lives have been saved due to increased seat belt use, speeding has remained a major factor in about one-third of car accident fatalities.
Increasingly, speeding has been viewed as part of a broader problem known as “aggressive driving.” The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says aggressive driving is “committing a combination of moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or property.” In addition to speeding, this includes following too closely (tailgating), failing to yield, passing improperly, running red lights or stop signs and similar acts.
Florida is one of 11 states that have adopted aggressive driving statutes. The Florida law says any two of the offenses above constitutes aggressive driving. However, Florida law also has a statute classifying “aggressive driving” as an unenforceable offense. Instead of facing an aggressive driving charge, violators are cited for specific offenses, such as speeding, running a red light or failing to yield.
Speeding and aggressive driving offenses are careless and reckless behaviors. If they cause a car accident that harms you or kills a family member, you could be entitled to compensation for your losses.
Philip DeBerard, Injury Attorney, helps speeding / aggressive driving accident victims and their families across South Florida and the Treasure Coast, including Stuart, Port St. Lucie, Okeechobee, Fort Pierce, Jupiter, Palm Beach and Vero Beach. For a free consultation, contact us today at our toll-free number or complete our online contact form.
Aggressive Driving Causes Florida Car Accidents
Under Florida law, “aggressive careless driving” means committing two or more of the following acts simultaneously or in succession:
- Exceeding the posted speed
- Unsafely or improperly changing lanes
- Following another vehicle too closely (tailgating)
- Failing to yield the right of way
- Improperly passing
- Violating traffic control and signal devices.
The GHSA has called for states to treat speeding and aggressive driving with the same law enforcement emphasis as they put on impaired driving (drunk and drugged driving) and occupant protection (seat belt, child safety seats) enforcement.
Even though Florida law identifies the components of aggressive driving, aggressive drivers are cited for the individual offenses. Unfortunately, speeding and other aggressive driving behaviors are well-represented in the 2010 Florida Traffic Crash Statistics published by Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles’ (FLHSMV).
The FLHSMV report lists the following among “contributing causes of drivers in crashes” during 2010:
- Exceeded safe speed limit – 2,440 injury crashes, 118 fatal crashes
- Exceeded stated speed limit – 517 injury crashes, 94 fatal crashes
- Improper lane change – 3,624 injury crashes, 14 fatal crashes
- Followed too closely – 5,557 injury crashes, 7 fatal crashes
- Failed to yield right-of-way – 20,750 injury crashes, 207 fatal crashes
- Improper passing – 507 injury crashes, 17 fatal crashes
- Disregarded traffic signal – 4,991 injury crashes, 48 fatal crashes.
Regardless of how aggressive driving is labeled, when drivers operate their vehicles in a careless and reckless manner, they should be held accountable for the harm they cause.
People who have been hurt because of aggressive driving have a right to seek compensation for medical expenses, vehicle damage, lost wages and other losses. After a fatal aggressive driving accident, the deceased’s family might seek compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit.
Contact a Florida Speeding / Aggressive Driving Accident Lawyer Today
At Philip DeBerard, Injury Attorney, we help victims of Florida speeding / aggressive driving accidents recover from their injuries and losses. When a driver chooses to exceed safe speeds or otherwise drive aggressively and recklessly and causes injury or death, those who have been harmed deserve to be made whole financially.
The speeding / aggressive driving attorneys of Philip DeBerard, Injury Attorney, are dedicated to helping Florida residents who have suffered because of other drivers’ recklessness. If you or a loved one has been injured because of speeding or other kinds of aggressive driving, or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident caused by an aggressive driver, you may have a right to compensation for your injuries and losses.
Since 1975, Philip DeBerard, Injury Attorney has investigated the circumstances of thousands of auto accidents on behalf of clients in South Florida and the Treasure Coast, including Stuart, Port St. Lucie, Okeechobee, Palm Beach and Vero Beach. If you’ve been hurt, Philip DeBerard is on your side.
Contact us today by calling our toll-free number or using our online contact form. You can put our Florida speeding / aggressive driving accident lawyers to work on your case immediately.
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