One of the most disturbing trends in driving is the increase in incidents of road rage. Road rage can be frightening and can cause serious injuries, and even death, if a collision occurs. Statistics indicate that road rage accidents are increasing nationwide. In addition to civil actions you can take after a road rage accident, the offending driver may be subject to criminal penalties as well.
Road rage takes many forms and can range from exchanging of hand signals, to excessive speeding, to tailgating, to passing and then braking drastically, to running other drivers off the road. All these actions are done to show the displeasure one driver has for another driver who has offended them in some real or imagined way. In extreme cases road rage incidents have resulted in physical altercations on the roadway. At highway speeds road rage accidents can be deadly.
Most cases of road rage do not cause an accident and are unreported. However, in some cases the actions of a raging driver cause an accident which results in serious injury or even death. If you have been injured in a road rage incident what legal remedies are available? You should consult with a personal injury attorney to determine the issues specific to your case and what factors support your case.
What is needed to file a claim against a Raging driver?
Evidence of a road rage incident may take several forms. If you’ve been involved in a road rage injury accident, as with any other auto accident claim, the greater the evidence to support your claim the greater the likelihood of success in your case.
In addition to the police report of the accident, there may be other drivers who witnessed the incident, and their statements will assist is establishing the facts of the case. A medical report showing treatments at the time of the accident and since will support your claim against the other driver. Photo evidence of the scene will bolster your claim. Additionally, if the accident occurred on a road with traffic cameras, evidence of the other driver’s behavior may be able to be able to be established by video evidence.
Damages which may be available if involved in a Road Rage accident
In addition to compensatory damages, such as medical bills, time lost at work, damage to your vehicle, Pain and Suffering damages may attach to a road rage injury accident. Many victims of road rage are fearful of driving after such an incident, and even PTSD can result among other aftereffects of the incident.
Punitive damages may also be available due to the reckless behavior the offending driver showed in causing the accident. The behavior shown by a raging driver shows intent to hurt someone else, or at least reasonable disregard for others’ safety. Your attorney will know how to proceed in such cases.
The Richard Harris Law Firm sues Raging Drivers who injure others
In a civil society reasonable regard for others safety must be shown, especially on the roadways where accidents can occur quickly causing serious injury and even death to others. While driving, in a moment, lack of control can quickly spiral into devastating results for others. Our lawyers will aggressively pursue all avenues of compensation for our clients who have been injured due to the negligence and disregard for safety shown by out of control drivers. If you’ve been injured in an accident caused by road rage, call our office today to discuss your case at (702) 444-4444.