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Aggressive Driving Leads to Fatality in Weston

Last month, a fleeing gunman crashed into a Mercedes SUV, sending the crushed vehicle off the side of the road and killing the driver. According to a report by the New York Daily News, the gunman shot a woman and her daughter in Miami before fleeing on U.S. 27. The woman was found dead and her daughter was later pronounced dead while in the hospital.

Helicopter footage shows the fleeing gunman, driving a Mercedes sedan, weaving in and out of traffic, travelling at an extremely high rate of speed. Several witnesses reported seeing the Mercedes “fly” by them. When the fleeing driver approached Griffin Road, a Mercedes SUV pulled out in front of the SUV. The fleeing gunman T-boned the SUV, crushing it and sending it off the side of the road. The driver of the SUV was thrown from her vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Aggressive Driving Kills

Half of all car accidents involve some kind of aggressive driving. Aggressive driving is usually a result of a driver being in a hurry or not being in a proper mental place. includes a wide range of dangerous driving behaviors, including:

  • Speeding
  • Failure to yield the right of way
  • Erratic driving
  • Failure to stop at a stop sign or stop light
  • Improper passing
  • Following too closely (tailgating)
  • Erratic lane changing
  • Racing
  • Illegal driving on the shoulder or median
  • Failure to signal when turning
  • Failure to heed posted warnings

Drivers Have a Duty to Other Drivers

All drivers have a duty to fellow drivers to drive safely. In addition to any criminal penalties that a reckless driver may incur as a result of their driving, victims of that driver’s reckless or negligent behavior can also file civil lawsuits against the driver to compensate them for the injuries they suffered.

The law allows this recovery to compensate the victims of accidents, as well as to deter, or discourage, dangerous driving habits. The idea is that, if we heavily fine reckless drivers, people will think twice before engaging in that kind of driving. Indeed, these incentives tend to work.

Injured in a Auto Accident

If you are a loved one has been injured in an auto accident, you may have a claim against the driver who was at fault and caused your injuries. To find out what rights you may have, it is best to consult with an experienced Fort Lauderdale accident attorney immediately. Some of your rights, if unexercised, may be waived if action is not taken. With an attorney’s help, you will be able to best assess what options you have and which course of action will be best for you and your family.

Click here, or call 1-877-961-5100, to contact an experienced Broward County accident attorney today.

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Meet Atty. Rafael Gonzalez

Attorney Rafael A. Gonzalez received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Miami School of Law. 

While at the University of Miami, Mr. Gonzalez earned a judicial clerk position with the Honorable Judge Shelley Kravitz of the County Court House for Miami Dade County and took part in one of the largest product liability litigation cases in the United States. The case, Engle v Liggett, was against tobacco companies and resulted in a 145 billion dollar award to the plaintiffs. 

Mr. Gonzalez earned his stripes working with firms in Downtown Miami and Hialeah, Florida as a civil attorney. In 2010, Mr. Gonzalez joined forces with other civil litigators as a partner in the law firm of Freeman, Mallard, Sharp and Gonzalez specializing in motor vehicle accidents.

Read more about him here.
December 1, 2013
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