Aggressive driving accidents can be a terrifying and traumatic experience for everyone involved, especially when people are injured during the crash. However, if you are involved in a aggressive driving accident or a car accident caused by road rage then you may find that the experience has an increased level of fear because aggressive drivers have already shown aggressive behavior and could be dangerous. There are certain steps that you should try to take if you are involved in a collision with another driver who is exhibiting aggressive driving behavior to ensure that you and your passengers are safe from any additional harm.
Read more below to learn about what to do immediately after you are in a car accident with an aggressive driver, as well as how the right personal injury legal team can help you build a long-term strategy and case for getting the money that you rightfully deserve after these scary road rage incidents. It was the aggressive drivers actions and not you that caused the accident or injuries, meaning that it should not be your responsibility to cover the financial impacts that these aggressive drivers could have on your life.
Contact our car accident attorney now to schedule an initial consultation so that we can begin on your case as soon as possible.
What Is Aggressive Driving?
According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration NHTSA ’s study on aggressive driving, it can be defined as “the operation of a motor vehicle in a manner that endangers or is likely to endanger persons or property.” This could be anything from tail gaiting, failing to yield right of way, failure to yield, aggressively changing lanes and blowing red lights. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also notes that this is not the same as “road rage,” because aggressive driving is a traffic violation and road rage is a criminal offense.
However, there can be plenty of grey area between these two distinctions when it comes to accidents caused by aggressive behavior. When someone is driving aggressively, gesticulating in an aggressive manner, trying to make eye contact or intimidating another driver on the road, it can cause a serious distraction that can lead to traffic accidents and traffic fatalities.
Staying Safe After Aggressive Driving Accidents
Car accidents caused by aggressive driving or by someone who was acting or driving aggressively on the road concerns many . All too often an aggressive driver or road rage driver causes avoidable car accidents and even fatal accidents by running stop signs and failing to yield the right of way so you have every right to be concerned about your safety after the accident. They may be extremely irritable and may decide to lash out at you or your passengers either verbally or physically. Contact 911 as soon as you are able to, and inform the operator that the other driver is acting in a way that intimidates or scares you. They will be able to remain on the line with you while they dispatch emergency responders like EMTs, the fire department, and the police.
They may suggest that you remain in your vehicle until the police arrive if it is safe to do so. In addition to having a 911 operator to talk you through this stressful situation, they will also be able to inform the police that there is a possibility that they will be arriving at a scene where there is a very agitated individual. The more information you are able to provide, the better they will be able to secure the area safely.
Seeking Damages After an Aggressive Driving Accident
Once our Houston personal injury law firm starts working on your damages, the process will be very similar to any other type of auto accident, truck accident, delivery truck accident. We will, however, gather as much information as possible to indicate to the insurance company (as well as a judge and jury, if we must go to the Texas courts) that their client was acting dangerously and aggressively to cause the crash. This will be particularly helpful when we are addressing the possible issues of comparative negligence, which will seek to reduce the damages you receive by claiming that you were partially responsible for the crash.
As with any personal injury lawsuit, we will compile the list of damages that you have suffered, both economic and non-economic. Economic damages include things like medical expenses, impacts to your income or earnings, as well as money that you have spent on services that you would otherwise have been able to do yourself if it were not for your injuries. Non-economic damages include the actual pain and suffering that you have endured, as well as things like depression or a diminished quality of life or level of enjoyment after your injuries. Each damage requires special attention and calculation, and we will take all of the necessary steps in order to clearly show and fight for the money you deserve.
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If you have been involved in a car accident with an aggressive driver in Houston, Austin, Victoria or anywhere in Texas it is important that you get the support you deserve, and the compensation that you are entitled to. The sooner you contact us, the sooner our auto accident law firm will be able to start building your case and fighting for what you are owed.
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