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Posted On September 10, 2020 Car Accidents
Nearly all of us have witnessed an incident of road rage. It’s scary to see. Whether out of frustration, stress, or anger, road raging drivers lose their tempers and use their cars as a way to vent their emotions. They speed. They tailgate. They honk. They race. They flash their lights. They try to run other vehicles off the road.
Road rage is illegal, and its victims deserve compensation for the harm they suffer. An experienced car accident lawyer can fight to get it for them.
A report by AAA Exchange spells out the various aggressive behaviors typical of a road-raging driver.
All of these behaviors can hurt other motorists:
Through these and similar behaviors, road raging drivers allow their own anger to control the operation of their vehicles. At a minimum, they can impair a driver’s judgment and ability to react appropriately to road conditions. At worst, they turn a driver’s vehicle into a deadly weapon.
Most of us at one time or another have felt angry while behind the wheel, although we hopefully have enough self-restraint to stop that anger from boiling over into road rage.
Countless factors can trigger driver anger, although the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that anger frequently feeds off emotional fuel resulting from:
None of these factors excuses road rage. It does not matter if road rage results from outside stressors, like traffic or a lack of time, or personal characteristics, like self-centeredness or a feeling of anonymity. By giving in to road rage, drivers put themselves and others with whom they share the road in danger. They should face legal liability to anyone harmed by their actions.
Drivers who engage in road rage may face legal consequences for their actions. Their behaviors often constitute crimes and also result in them facing financial liability to their victims. An experienced car accident lawyer can recover compensation from the road raging driver and also works to protect victims’ rights in connection with the driver facing criminal charges.
An experienced attorney can help victims of road raging drivers in any of the following scenarios:
No matter how a road raging driver harmed you or a loved one, you may have the right to hold that driver financially accountable. An experienced attorney can help you obtain payments for your medical costs (including the costs of mental health services), other related expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering.
Road rage is a crime. Prosecutors may file charges against a road raging driver for specific violations of the motor vehicle code, or for effectively using a vehicle as a means of committing a violent crime. In deciding whether to prosecute a road raging driver, prosecutors will often seek input from the driver’s victims.
An experienced road rage accident attorney can work with the victim and the prosecutors to manage the victim’s participation in a prosecution. The attorney can also work to protect the victim’s legal rights to seek financial compensation from the road raging driver.
A criminal prosecution and a civil claim for damages against the driver are two separate legal actions. Of course, a criminal conviction of a road rage driver can help the driver’s victims prove a case for damages. However, you may have the right, as a victim of a road rager, to seek compensation even if the prosecutor decides not to press charges, or if the road rage driver is acquitted of a crime. Your claim for damages does not depend on whether the road rage driver faces criminal justice.
…do not panic. By taking simple, defensive measures, you may avoid the driver’s wrath and keep yourself out of harm’s way.
In other words, do not let someone else’s rage fuel your own intense emotions. Fight the urge to retaliate and, instead, remain calm, cool, and collected. Call the authorities, report what you see, and prioritize your own safety.
…then know that you have significant legal rights under the law.
By taking some simple steps, you can protect those rights and improve your chances of obtaining the compensation you deserve for any physical or emotional injuries the road raging driver causes.
Through these simple measures, you can accomplish two important goals: keeping yourself safe and healthy, and generating evidence that will help to prove a case against the road raging driver for damages. However, even if you do not follow these steps, a lawyer can pursue your right to compensation from the road rager who harmed you.
You deserve justice for any physical or emotional harm you suffered because of the dangerous, reckless actions of a road raging driver. To get the money you need and deserve for your injuries and losses, find an attorney who has an established track record of fighting for the rights of road rage driver victims and of securing top-dollar settlements and jury verdicts in motor vehicle accident cases.
An initial consultation with an experienced car accident lawyer is always free of charge. Virtually all road rage crash injury attorneys also represent clients on a contingency fee basis, collecting payment only if they recover compensation on their clients’ behalf. Clients pay no money upfront.
To learn more about your rights after a road raging driver injures you or a loved one, contact a skilled, knowledgeable road rage accident injury attorney today.