Road rage exhibited by drivers on highways and other roadways can bring about serious collisions. Some drivers even engage in road rage in downtown areas where traffic may not be moving fast enough for their liking.
Road rage, which typically includes undue frustration with another driver, can involve aggressive and sometimes reckless driving maneuvers. When drivers engage in road rage, they can bring about a collision with another vehicle that leads to serious injuries and damages.
If a motor vehicle accident that resulted from another driver’s aggressive motor vehicle operation or road rage left you injured, you might be eligible to pursue monetary compensation for your injuries. The knowledgeable car accident lawyers at our firm can determine your eligibility for pursuing a personal injury claim based upon your accident. Our legal team will work hard to help you pursue the compensation that you need because of another driver’s carelessness, negligence, and recklessness.
Please speak with us today for more information about how we could assist with your car accident case from beginning to end.
What Types of Driving Activities Constitute Road Rage?
Road rage is often the result of motor vehicle operators who are overly impatient and aggressive towards other drivers. They might be in a hurry to get to their destination, or they may simply not want to wait for others whom they deem too slow on the road.
Several different driving activities can constitute road rage, including:
- Tailgating other drivers, which can result in rear-end accidents (especially at busy traffic intersections)
- Weaving in and out of traffic, especially without using turn signals
- Speeding and other types of reckless motor vehicle operation
- Running red lights, stop signs, and yield signs, as well as failing to yield the right-of-way to other vehicles when it is appropriate to do so
- Passing other vehicles on a solid line in a no-passing zone
When drivers engage in one or more of these activities due to road rage, they significantly increase the chances that they will cause a collision with another vehicle. If you have sustained an injury in an accident that occurred because of another driver’s road rage, the skilled team of car accident lawyers at our firm is ready to help. We can investigate the circumstances of your accident and develop a plan for moving forward with your case efficiently.
Injuries in Road Rage Accidents
Many times, accidents that occur because of road rage occur at a high rate of speed and with a strong amount of force. Consequently, the accident often throws victims’ bodies around and about the interior of a vehicle. A part of the accident victim’s body might even strike something inside the vehicle, including the console, window, or steering wheel.
Some of the most common injuries suffered by accident victims in a road rage accident include:
- Broken bones and fractures
- Soft tissue injuries
- Traumatic head and brain injuries
- Neck and back injuries
- Spinal cord and paralysis injuries
Injuries that occur in a road rage accident can lead to serious and sometimes debilitating injuries that are sometimes permanent. They may also require medical treatment, including hospital stays, doctor and physical therapy appointments, and medical procedures, including surgeries and injections.
The experienced team of car accident lawyers at our firm can help you pursue the compensation that you deserve for your injuries by filing a claim or lawsuit in the court system on your behalf.
Some States Are At-Fault States When It Comes to Motor Vehicle Accidents
When it comes to motor vehicle collisions (including those caused by road rage), some states are fault states, meaning that if you suffer an injury in an accident that occurred because of someone else’s carelessness and negligence, you can file a claim or lawsuit against the at-fault person’s motor vehicle insurance company. If the insurance company refuses to compensate you appropriately, you also have the option of filing a lawsuit against the at-fault driver.
The Burden of Proof in Road Rage Accidents
Victims of road rage accidents who suffer injuries have the legal burden of proof in a personal injury case. This burden might seem unfair since the accident victim is the person who was injured. Nevertheless, the accident victim must show that it is more likely than not that another driver deviated from the standard of care in some way. For example, the other driver may have been speeding or recklessly violating some other rule of the road at the time of the car crash.
In addition, the accident victim must demonstrate that they suffered physical injuries and damages as a result of the road rage car accident.
As part of a personal injury car accident claim, an injured accident victim could pursue monetary compensation for the following types of damages:
- Medical and physical therapy expenses
- Loss of earning capacity
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent disability
- Loss of the ability to use a body part
- Loss of quality of life
- Loss of spousal companionship or consortium
If you have suffered any of these injuries as a direct result of a road rage accident, you might file a personal injury claim seeking monetary compensation and damages. A skilled car accident attorney can assist you throughout the personal injury claims filing process and can help you pursue the damages that you deserve.
Talk With an Experienced Car Accident Lawyer About Your Legal Matter Today
A knowledgeable attorney is ready to help you handle every aspect of your car accident case from beginning to end. While starting the legal process might sound stressful at first, it doesn’t have to be with an experienced legal professional handling every step of your claim. This allows you to focus on your injuries with the peace of mind that someone is standing up for your rights to compensation.
Never wait to schedule a free case evaluation and legal consultation with a car accident attorney to learn about your legal rights and options.