Driver Runs Over Motorcyclists in Lutz
We are not sure if this would qualify as an “accident” because the victim is alleging the driver intentionally ran over him and his passenger; however, for the purposes of a personal injury lawsuit, this motorcycle “accident” does appear to qualify for compensation.
What is Being Alleged By The Accident Victim?
Because of amateur video shot by a bystander, it is difficult to dispute the actual moments when the driver ran over the motorcycle. According to Joseph Calderazzo, he was riding with a companion on his Harley Davidson motorcycle on Memorial Day afternoon when the driver of a silver Pontiac swerved into his lane. At the next intersection, Calderazzo commented on the person’s driving abilities resulting in the driver of the Pontiac to back up and run over the motorcycle knocking Calderazzo and his companion off of the bike. The video, which has not gone viral online, shows the bizarre event unfold.
The driver of the Pontiac left the scene of the motorcycle accident; however, bystanders followed him to 129 Lutz Lake Fern Road. Officers later arrested Robert Paul Vance, the driver of the Pontiac. According to reports, police found the damaged tires that were consistent with the damage at the accident scene. Vance eventually admitted to running over the motorcycle and leaving the scene of the motorcycle accident. Vance was arrested on two counts of attempted murder, leaving the scene of an accident with injuries, and driving with a suspended license as a habitual traffic offender.
Instances of Road Rage
Road rage or aggressive driving is becoming more of a problem throughout the United States. The number of road rage accidents causing fatalities has increased tenfold since 2004. According to one study, high-anger drivers tend to:
- Take more risks on the road;
- Get angry faster and behave more aggressively;
- Engage in hostile, aggressive thinking;
- Have more motor vehicle accidents; and,
- Experience more trait anger, anxiety, and impulsiveness.
You may not be able to control how other drivers behave while behind the wheel but you can take steps to remain calm while driving so that you do not become one of the statistics.
Tips for avoiding road rage include:
- Leave earlier to allow yourself more time to arrive at your destination
- Listen to music that you enjoy
- If someone is tailgating you, move over and allow them to pass
- Take deep breaths
- Avoid using your horn as a way to “yell” at other drivers
- Do not pull over to have a verbal or physical altercation with another driver
- Do not yell at other drivers from your vehicle
- If you cannot control your anger, pull over to the side of the road and remain there until you have calmed down
For more information about avoiding road rage read AAA’s Road Rage pamphlet.
Have You Been Injured In A Road Rage Accident?
If so, call The Broderick Law Firm, P.L. Our Boca Raton personal injury attorneys can help you hold the aggressive driver responsible for the injuries, damages, and losses caused by a road rage accident. Contact our office today 1-800-333-3903 to schedule your free consultation.