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Shocking Florida Turnpike shooting shows increasing dangers of road rage

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says there are differences between aggressive driving and true road rage.
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    January 04, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Florida's beautiful all-season weather means that many drivers are on local roads. Florida is known as a popular vacation destination year round, as well as a place for people to raise families or retire. While many people enjoy their time in our state, the traffic in congested cities can be dangerous, especially when drivers become angry.

Pro 8 News reports that at least 218 murders and 12,610 injuries throughout the U.S. were suspected to have been the result of road rage incidents over the past several years. "Road ragers," drivers who lose control of their tempers over trivial reasons like cutting someone off, not letting someone pass or tailgating, have been increasing in recent years. According to ABC News, road rage incidents have risen a shocking 170 percent since 2007.

Difference between aggressive driving and road rage

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says there are differences between aggressive driving and true road rage. Aggressive driving consists of several types of traffic offenses that can cause injury or property damage, including speeding, weaving in and out of traffic, tailgating and failure to obey traffic signs and signals. Road rage, on the other hand, qualifies as a criminal offense when drivers use their vehicles or other weapons in an assault. Aggressive drivers can often cross over into road rage if they're angered easily.

Unfortunately, a woman from Fort Lauderdale found out the hard way how quickly some driving situations can turn deadly, reported the Sun Sentinel. When she was a passenger in a two-car caravan to a birthday party, her friends inadvertently angered another driver on the Florida Turnpike when slowing down to be sure the other car in their group knew where to follow. The driver of a black sedan passed the two cars and began braking repeatedly, then seemed to disappear before showing up behind the cars and pulling out a gun. The woman was shot twice in the back, seriously injuring her. Fortunately, she was recovering from her injuries, but police were still searching for the driver who shot her.

Web MD has tips to help people avoid becoming the victims of road rage:
- Obey traffic rules and try to drive in a manner that won't anger other drivers.
- Don't gesture or yell at others on the road.
- Don't retaliate against another driver.
- Get away from an angry driver as soon as possible.

Whenever possible, drivers should try to get to a police station or a well-lit, crowded public area if they are being pursued by an aggressive driver.

Getting help from an attorney

Unfortunately, with road rage incidents rising across the country, there is a good chance of encountering a violently aggressive driver. People who have been injured in an accident caused by an angry driver should contact an experienced personal injury attorney right away. In addition to criminal charges, people who deliberately hurt others while driving can be held liable for medical expenses and other losses.

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