A West Palm Beach man was arrested on Monday under the suspicion that he was the aggressor in a road rage incident that took place July 6. On the day in question, a mother along with her two small children and their grandmother in her vehicle, had stopped at McDonald’s to get some lunch in the drive-thru. They had just left the drive-thru window and were sitting at a stop sign waiting to turn out on to Military Trail, when the man driving the SUV behind them began to shout profanities and impatiently honk his horn. The woman waited for traffic to clear and proceeded onto Military Trail.
A few blocks down the street, she turned into a parking lot, and the man in the SUV turned into the parking lot just behind her vehicle. According to eyewitnesses, the man got out of his SUV carrying a crowbar and approached her vehicle. He began to smash her hood and windshield, shattering glass all over the occupants inside. Both the woman and her mother, who was in the front passenger seat at the time of the attack began shouting for the man to stop, as there were children in the car. After a few minutes, the man got into his vehicle and drove away. Fortunately, eyewitnesses were able to catch his license plate and he was later apprehended.
Although many people think that it won’t happen to them, road rage is a very real and dangerous phenomenon that happens every day on Florida’s streets and highways. Many times, it goes no further than two people shouting at each other or making obscene gestures. But other times, it may get much worse, with drivers engaging in aggressive driving behaviors such as tailgating, cutting other vehicles off, or slamming on the brakes. In a few instances, drivers will become so enraged that they will get out of their vehicles and approach their victims.
Though the injuries in the incident described above were very minor, they could have been much worse. Drivers who commit acts of violence should be avoided at all costs and reported immediately to the Florida Highway Patrol or your local law enforcement.
If you, or someone you love has been the victim of a Florida road rage incident that resulted in bodily injury, please contact us today at 888-FLA-AUTO (888-352-2886).
James O. Cunningham
Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.
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