The morning commute can be a hectic time for everyone. While some are rushing to get to work, others are hurrying to get their kids to school before the tardy bell rings. The fact is, nearly everyone on the roadway during the early morning hours has somewhere to be, despite the fact that some drivers feel as though their trip is more urgent than others. And because many do, they often drive erratic and reckless not caring how their actions might affect others which is why so many collisions tend to occur during the morning hours.
In fact, a recent story was published by the Sun-Sentinel showing just how thoughtless some drivers can be. According to the news report, Jonathan Bromfield had been driving on Interstate 595 on September 6that around 6:00 a.m. heading to work. During his commute, he noticed a “white work truck tailing him aggressively and too closely.” Bromfield said the “erratic” driver then pulled up alongside of him as they neared State Road 7. Moments after the driver pulled up next to his vehicle, a shot was fired, hitting his “Dodge’s rear driver’s side window.”
And that is when Bromfield noticed that the driver of the truck was holding a gun in his hand.
He told the news source that after the shot was fired, he continued to follow the white truck long enough until he could take down the license plate number and then called 911. After calling the police, Bromfield made his way to down to the Fort Lauderdale Police Department. Police were able to track down the truck with the information Bromfield provided them with to an address in the 1000 block of Northwest 52ndStreet. The name Michael Gray also came back when police conducted their search on the truck.
Fort Lauderdale police went to arrest Gray, 33, who was found with a .380 pistol in his front pocket. Although he admitted to police that he had yelled at the driver on I-595, he denied shooting at his car window. Despite his statement, police detained Gray and he was booked into the Broward Main Jail on charges of assault with a deadly weapon and for shooting into an occupied vehicle, according to the source. A judge set his bond at $25,000 although it hasn’t been disclosed whether he posted bail.
Tips on How to Avoid an Aggressive Driver in Florida
If you encounter a driver on the roadway that appears to be angry or upset, it is best to get out of their way and steer clear of them.
Florida isn’t only recognized for its beautiful beaches and warm weather, but also for its aggressive and inconsiderate drivers. Unfortunately, Florida has actually been recognized as one of the top states with the worst drivers coming in at number eight among all of the states in the U.S. [Source: Sun-Sentinel]. Now, because aggressive drivers contribute to causing car and truck collisions, it is important you avoid them at all costs. In order to help you do this, below are a few tips for you to consider the next time you encounter an angry or upset driver on the roadway.
- Get out of their way as quickly as and as safely as possible.
- Stay calm. Remember that your ultimate goal is to reach your destination safely.
- Never challenge them and avoid making eye contact with them. It is best that you just ignore any rude gestures and refuse to return them.
- Give them the benefit of the doubt. The truth is, “not all aggressive driving behavior is directed at you.”
- Avoid blocking the passing lane, especially if you are driving at a slower rate of speed than most of the other drivers that are sharing the roadway with you.
- Pull over to a safe place and dial #77 on your cell phone to report an aggressive driver or call your local police.
[Source: U.S. Department of Transportation].
In the event you have been involved in a truck accident in Fort Lauderdale, FL with an aggressive driver and would like a lawyer to help you recover the compensation you are rightfully due, contact truck crash attorney Michael Davis. Whether you are seeking compensation for the physical and/or mental injuries you suffered from or for the property damage your vehicle sustained, Michael Davis is available to help you recover it.
You can reach Boone & Davis at:
2311 North Andrews Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311