A Florida Today story reports that an Orlando woman is recovering from minor injuries from the crash that took place on Sunday evening, April 18, in the Orlando area on State Road 528. In all, five cars were involved in the chain reaction crash that began when traffic came to a slowdown in the eastbound lanes before the U.S. 1 exit, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Apparently a 19-year-old motorist was following the car in front of him too closely, and when the traffic slowed – he didn’t. He apparently hit a car and started the chain reaction. The 31-year-old Orlando woman was taken to Wuesthoff Medical Center in Rockledge, and a 47-year-old was charged with leaving the scene of the accident after she contributed to injuries. The FHP has ruled out alcohol involvement and says everyone had on their seat belts.
Our prayers are with the injured woman for a swift recovery. Let’s hope they are not too serious. Fortunately, there were not more accidents resulting from this accident.
S.R. 528 stretches from Orange to Brevard Counties. In Brevard, there were 4,909 crashes in 2008, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. 625 were alcohol-related and there were 81 fatalities. 4,539 people were injured as the result of traffic accidents in 2008.
Accident Causes and Liability
Aggressive driving is responsible for about two-thirds of fatalities on the road, about four times the number of fatalities that result from DUI. We do not know if this caused the chain reaction, but the report indicates that it was, at least, a complicating factor.
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles defines “aggressive driving’ as an impaired emotion that can lead to high-risk decisions. Aggressive driving is not road rage, and it is not a charging statute, but it can lead to road rage. Aggressive driving is addressed in Florida Statute 316.1923. It is defined as:
- Exceeding the posted speed limit by 15 mph or more
- Unsafely or improperly changing lanes
- Following another vehicle too closely
- Failing to yield the right-of-way
- Improperly passing
- Violating traffic control and signal devices
An officer can mark the ticket that the driver was an aggressive driver. The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles in Tallahassee then takes this data to provide statistical information on aggressive driving in the state, which is used to make new laws. Road Rage is a felony and a criminal assault using an automobile on another driver/passenger of an automobile. There are at least 200 deaths a year in Florida attributable to road rage.
You would be well-advised to have a Jacksonville injury attorney by your side if you believe the accident you were involved in was the result of road rage.