The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines aggressive driving as any situation that involves a driver who "commits a combination of moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or property." There are numerous forms of reckless and aggressive driving, including:
- Speeding - exceeding speed limits or driving too fast for road conditions
- Disobeying traffic laws - willfully running stop lights or stop signs
- Excessive lane changing - changing lanes indiscriminately or not using turn signals
- Tailgating - driving too close to the car in front
- Unsafe passing - cutting off other cars, using shoulders or emergency lanes to pass
Aggressive driving has become a serious issue in America. Responsible for causing numerous car accidents, injuries, and fatalities, aggressive driving can result in total or large percentages of
liability. Aggressive driving can also cause
rear-end accidents and
multi-vehicle accidents, among others.
Compensation for Victims of Road Rage
In auto accidents that involve aggressive driving, victims are eligible to receive compensation for the physical, emotional, and financial damages they suffered. Compensation will be awarded for economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages can include the cost of medical treatment required for the injuries and any lost wages or future earnings due to a victim's inability to work. Non-economic damages can include the pain and suffering endured by a victim, as well as any impact on the quality or enjoyment of his or her life.
Punitive damages are another form of compensation that can be awarded to further punish the gross negligence of drivers responsible for causing an accident. Aggressive driving can result in an award for punitive damages, depending on the seriousness of the recklessness involved. High speeds, street racing, and other situations can result in punitive damages. In some cases, aggressive drivers can be criminally prosecuted for involuntary homicide if their extreme negligence resulted in wrongful death.
Working with Shook & Stone
Our firm goes to great lengths to ensure that victims injured in car accidents will receive the experienced and knowledgeable legal assistance they need and the compassionate personal attention they deserve. If you have been injured in an accident caused by an aggressive driver, an attorney from Shook & Stone can work closely with you during your personal injury claim process to ensure that you receive the most favorable amount of compensation. With more than $100 million recovered for our clients since 1997, Shook & Stone has the experience and client-focused approach needed to get results. Contact us to discuss the particularities of your case.