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Nicoletti Walker Law Group Aug. 12, 2015

Road rage incidents are far too common these days, and they can sometimes end tragically. For example, on July 23, a Florida man was shot to death after another man was convinced that he followed him home. Both drivers (Doyle and Gonzalez) called 911 while on the road, but reported different stories once the cars arrived at Doyle’s residence. When Gonzalez got out of his car, Doyle shot him, and then aimed the gun at Gonzalez’s wife, daughter, and grandson until the police arrived. Doyle was then charged with second-degree murder.

According to, 66 percent of traffic fatalities are caused by aggressive driving, and 37 percent of aggressive driving incidents involve a firearm. Many of these road rage accidents are due to more than one person making a poor decision. In this case, both drivers should have parted ways before they parked their cars and got out. These incidents can often lead to serious injuries, sometimes even death. While it can be difficult to have perspective while in the confines of your own, safe car, initiating or responding to road rage can be lethal.

Warning Signs & State Law on Aggressive Driving

There are some telltale signs that you may be on the verge of being involved in a road rage incident. Some of these signs include:

  • Being followed or tailgating;

  • Sudden acceleration; getting in front of a car and decelerating;

  • Yelling, honking horns; or

  • Unsafe lane changing/cutting drivers off.

In Florida, an aggressive driver is characterized as exhibiting at least two of the following:

  • Speeding;

  • Unsafe or improper lane change;

  • Following too closely;

  • Failure to lead right of way;

  • Improper passing; or

  • Failure to obey traffic control devices.

Any violation will get you cited for a specific traffic infraction, and the issuing officer can also select the “Aggressive Driving” checkbox on your traffic ticket.

Protect Yourself

Giving another driver space and not responding to any aggressive gestures is the best way to protect yourself from road rage. It may also be wise to exit towards the nearest police station (if that is available to you as an option).

Contact an Experienced Clearwater Attorney

As a car accident, personal injury, and wrongful death attorney, Mike Walker is ready to assist victims of these accidents. He has worked on all types of cases over the years and has helped thousands of personal injury victims receive the compensation they deserve. He also understands the emotional pain and suffering, along with the physical realities that accompany losing a loved one unexpectedly.

At Mike Walker Law, attorney Mike Walker is committed to helping you understand what compensation may be available to you and helping you understand the court process. He will vigorously fight for the damages you deserve. Let him use his 27 years’ experience for your benefit. Call attorney Mike Walker today.