Aggressive drivers are responsible for too many accidents in Cartersville. Sadly, statistics show that aggressive driving has increased in recent years. If you suffered injuries in an accident, an aggressive driver could be to blame. You might be able to recover damages for your injuries.
At John Foy & Associates, our Cartersville car accident lawyers can help. We have been helping accident victims for over 20 years. Plus, we do not charge a fee unless we win your case. We only “win” when you get compensation.
Contact us today for a FREE, no-risk consultation. We’ll discuss your crash and your legal options. Call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online for your FREE consultation.
What Aggressive Driving Means in Cartersville
Georgia Code §40-6-397 defines aggressive driving as operating a vehicle to do any of the following:
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), aggressive driving means driving in a way that “endangers or is likely to endanger persons or property.”
Aggressive drivers act recklessly. They do not consider the danger of their actions towards people or property.
Examples of Aggressive Driving
Aggressive drivers can act in many ways. If an action is deliberate with disregard for others’ safety, it’s aggressive driving. Examples include:
- Tailgating (following too closely behind another vehicle)
- Excessive speeding in heavy traffic
- Running red lights
- Changing lanes without signaling
- Weaving in and out of traffic
- Cutting in front of another car, then slowing down
- Blocking another driver from passing
- Aggressively braking or flashing headlights at another driver
- Racing other cars
Any aggressive driving behavior is dangerous. If an aggressive driver caused your accident, you have rights. Talk to a Cartersville car accident lawyer about your options.
Aggressive Driving Causes Severe Accidents in Cartersville
When someone is aggressive on the road, it dramatically increases the risk of a crash. Unfortunately, millions of people likely engage in aggressive driving each year. Plus, thousands of people die from aggressive driving accidents.
Aggressive driving often involves speeding, which increases the impact. The nature of aggressive accidents means injuries tend to be worse. If you suffered injuries or lost a loved one, you should know you have rights.
John Foy & Associates can help. We’ll determine if you have a case. If you do, we’ll help you build a strong personal injury claim. Plus, we do not charge a fee unless we win your case. To get started with a FREE consultation, call (404) 400-4000, or contact us online.
You Can Hold an Aggressive Driver Liable for an Accident
If someone is negligent in an accident, they are responsible for the damages. “Negligence” is a legal term for carelessness. When a driver is careless, they know their actions could cause harm.
If someone’s driving behavior caused your accident, you can bring a case against them. First, you’ll typically file a claim with the driver’s auto insurance. Your lawyer will work to get you a settlement that covers your damages.
If you cannot settle with the insurance company, you can sue the driver. However, most car accident claims end before a lawsuit.
Four Steps to Proving Aggressive Driving Negligence
There are four main parts of a personal injury case. You will need to prove the following:
- The other driver had a legal duty.
- The driver failed in their legal obligation.
- The failed duty caused your accident.
- You have damages because of the accident.
Proving the above elements takes time. Ultimately, you’ll need to show that the driver’s negligence caused your accident and damages. An experienced lawyer will help you build a strong case.
Keep in mind that the insurance company is not on your side. After you file a claim, the insurer will look for ways to pay less. The insurance adjuster looks for ways to reduce your claim.
Protect your legal rights by contacting a lawyer. Also, do not accept any money or sign anything from the insurer. Talk to a lawyer about your rights first.
Aggressive Driving vs. Road Rage in Cartersville
If aggressive driving gets worse, it can become road rage. Here’s the difference:
- Aggressive driving is a traffic violation.
- Road rage is a criminal offense.
Road rage means someone is using their vehicle as a weapon. The driver intends to hurt someone. Road rage can lead to shootings, stabbings, and more.
If you see an aggressive driver on the road, do not engage. It’s best to avoid an aggressive driver as much as possible. However, you cannot avoid someone after they cause your accident.
After the accident, call the police. If the driver seems aggressive, stay in your car until the police arrive. Otherwise, the driver’s actions might escalate. Stay safe and let the driver’s actions speak for themselves.
Documenting Aggressive Driving
If you can do so safely, document the driver’s actions. Take pictures of videos of their behavior. Photo or video evidence is powerful for a car accident case.
When you call the police, they’ll create an accident report. You will need a copy of this report for your records. Also, call for an ambulance if you have severe injuries.
Do whatever you can to document the accident safely. When you call your lawyer, they will also help you show what happened.
Damages Awarded for an Aggressive Driving Accident
If you did not cause your accident, you have rights. You can pursue compensation for your damages. In a car accident case, “damages” are the losses you suffer in the accident, like:
- Medical bills
- Prescription medications
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
If the driver faces criminal charges, it will help your case. The charges will likely support your case.
Get a Free Consultation with a Cartersville Aggressive Driving Accident Lawyer Today
An aggressive driving accident can cause severe injuries and other losses. But you should not have to pay for the other driver’s actions. Contact John Foy & Associates for the legal guidance you need today.
Our lawyers approach each case with knowledge, compassion, and urgency. We believe every accident victim deserves full compensation for what they’ve lost. We also do not charge a fee unless we win your case.
Contact us today for a FREE, no-risk consultation. Call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online for your FREE consultation.