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If you have traveled the rush hour roadways, you have witnessed drivers weaving through traffic or driving too close to another vehicle. The fact is you may be witnessing common signs of reckless driving.
This is a common phenomenon; people are in a hurry to get home, work, or get their teenagers to their soccer game. Unfortunately, reckless or aggressive driving tactics like these can quickly devolve into road rage.
Reckless or aggressive driving can result in accidents. The aggressive driver is placing everyone on the roadway at risk because they often operate a vehicle in a manner that disregards many safety rules. The problem is when reckless drivers lose control. That lack of control devolves into a rage with severe consequences for others.
Here are some examples:
AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety provides scary data demonstrating how common road rage incidents are.
A recent survey of drivers reported some scary findings for anyone who travels on the road.
You could suffer a severe injury when you become a victim of a road rage accident. Your life could turn upside down simply because someone could not control their temper.
While most states do not have specific laws about road rage, many have laws against reckless driving. Speeding, ignoring traffic signals, and other aggressive actions can result in criminal charges. However, whether a driver faces a criminal charge for roadway antics is not material.
Victims who suffer injuries can file a claim to help them get compensation for:
Sometimes, the right attorney can fight for punitive damages on your behalf. These damages are typically used to punish a person for their actions if they are egregious.
After an accident, you will likely report the incident to your insurance agent. You should explain the circumstances without exaggeration. Provide the name of the law enforcement personnel who took the statement at the scene and the information regarding your medical treatment. In most cases, they will contact the other driver's insurer.
Do not speak with the other driver's insurance agency without speaking with an experienced attorney first. They are not there to help you secure payment for your claim. They will not pay your claim if they can get away with it. At a minimum, they will attempt to get you to accept less than what you may be entitled to for your injuries. After an accident involving road rage, you need to know what steps you can take to protect your rights and ensure you have the best chance of getting a fair settlement.
Contact an experienced car accident attorney for help filing your claim and getting the compensation you deserve for your injuries.