While every car accident resulting in a death is tragic, the death is only the beginning of the tribulations that follow as relatives seek justice against the driver at fault. Once the driver at fault has been identified, a lengthy legal battle typically ensues. The exact duration of the case depends on how talented the lawyers representing each party happen to be and how much evidence is available.
A poor driving decision has led to the arrest of a Florida resident hailing from Greenacres after their actions led to the death of an innocent teenager followed by a manslaughter charge.
A previous incident resulted in the arrest of a Florida resident who cut off another car and caused an accident involving multiple vehicles, resulting in the death of a teen from Central Florida.
The accident occurred on the Florida Turnpike where the teen died at the wreck on the Glades Road exit. The driver at fault, who is now 39 years old, has been apprehended and is being charged with manslaughter for his reckless actions. He has also been given 3 counts of aggravated battery and has been effectively stripped of his driving privileges.
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While the damage to the vehicles from the accident was substantial, the worst of the damage was the death of a Central Florida teen who would still be alive were it not for the egregiously poor decisions of the driver that caused the accident in the first place.
Investigators have indicated that the accident was the direct result of what cannot be interpreted as anything other than a pure case of road rage. After cutting off a Toyota Camry on purpose while traversing the Florida Turnpike, the driver at fault forced the vehicle to go off course until it went off of the road, flipped over, and made impact with the guardrail.
The enraged driver was driving a van at the time and also managed to injure two other people driving a Chevrolet Silverado as they tried to avoid the crash.
Why it Happened
Most car crashes aren’t orchestrated or even deliberate. In this case, it’s a different story. While the exact outcome of the crash was not planned in detail, the individual driving the van that was at fault expressed an intent to take revenge on the sedan that they destroyed.
According to investigators, the driver at fault indicated that he thought the Toyota Camry sedan had cut him off on a previous driving excursion a week prior to the deadly accident.
When approached, the driver made various comments expressing his belief that the sedan had cut him off previously and that he was disgruntled about being cut off by multiple vehicles in multiple instances over time.
Meanwhile, the driver of the sedan that was effectively driven off of the road reported that the accident was deliberate. They went on to say that the aggressive driver had been actively and purposefully trying to encourage him to drive faster before cutting him off and causing the accident.
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What to Do When You’re a Victim of Road Rage
You’ve probably heard the term road rage before, and you might have even witnessed it in action at some point. But you probably never imagined that YOU would be the victim of an angry driver one day. Now that you know just how dangerous an instance of road rage can be, you’ll want to know how to deal with such a situation.
When someone lashes out at you on the road, it means that they are clearly not thinking rationally or feeling any remorse for their actions; as such, they are unaware of how their behavior is affecting others around them.
That said, this does not mean that you should let them get away with it or continue being their victim. In fact, there are many things you can do when you’re a victim of road rage. When road rage leads to damage, the most important thing for you to do is to seek compensation.
Whenever you find yourself the victim of road rage, you should immediately start recording the incident. Ideally, this can be accomplished with the help of a passenger taking a video recording with their phone. This will help you to make a record of the other driver’s license plate number, their vehicle’s make and model, their aggressive behavior, and general appearance so that you can report them to the police.
It can also help you to prove that you were not at fault and that you did nothing to instigate the other driver’s rage-fueled actions.
Document the Damage
After the incident has passed and you have managed to get away from the other driver, you should immediately start documenting the damage to your car and or yourself. This means that you should take photos of any marks or scratches on your vehicle and make a record of any dents or dings in your car’s body.
You should also take note of any fluids or harmful materials that may have leaked onto your car’s floorboard or seats, such as oil, engine coolant, or transmission fluid. After you’ve documented the damage, get in touch with your insurance company to make a claim.
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