While defensive driving might help you avoid car accidents, it does not necessarily help you steer clear of road rage incidents. Road rage can happen in the spur of the moment as drivers get angry at the wheel and take that anger out on fellow drivers.
According to the New York Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), aggressive driving does not constitute road rage, but road rage can be the result of aggressive driving. Road rage occurs when a driver breaks a law with the intent to harm someone else.
If you experienced a road rage incident and have been injured, contact Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. today. Our team of Hicksville road rage lawyers will examine your case during your free consultation. We will work with the evidence you have provided and also conduct our own investigation.
Call Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. at (516) 932-0400 to get started.
How Aggressive Driving Leads to Road Rage
Road rage incidents can easily lead to arrests if the liable driver violates a criminal law. Aggressive driving that can lead to road rage occurs in many situations. Some of these incidents can include:
Driving While Upset
Road rage can arise when drivers allow personal problems to influence their mood while behind the wheel, so they drive while angry. If a driver was not calm before he or she even began to drive, they may have put themselves in a position where they felt (incorrectly,) that taking their feelings out on you was justified.
Tailgating is a typical form of road rage that can lead the reckless driver to hit another vehicle with their bumper. Even the slight nudge of a vehicle from the rear could cause a serious car accident that could impact multiple vehicles at once.
A normally reasonable and smart driver will not, typically, drive in such a way that would endanger others; however, if the driver responsible for your injuries was drunk driving or under the influence of drugs, he or she may have been influenced to act out of character and in a negligent manner.
Other Reckless Driving Behaviors
Drivers should obey traffic laws at all times; however, some drivers may violate the law by crossing lanes erratically, signaling their high beams at other vehicles, or breaking suddenly and without warning.
If a driver put your life and safety at risk through his or her aggressive driving behaviors and you were injured, we can help you. The attorneys of Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. will study your case and provide comprehensive information and guidance when dealing with road rage that resulted in injuries.
If you have been faced with a road rage incident, call Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. today at (516) 932-0400.
A Liable Driver Can Face Serious Consequences for Road Rage
Negligent drivers can get arrested for acts of road rage, as mentioned earlier. Acts of road rage can be criminal offenses depending on the circumstances, as the intent is to cause harm to another driver.
The New York DMV reports that drivers that exhibit road rage can face jail time or fines. Your Hicksville road rage lawyer will work with you to make sure that all evidence of road rage (for example, eyewitness statements, video recordings, etc.) is collected as part of the supplemental evidence that supports your testimony.
You may decide to retain a lawyer after an accident involving road rage. One of your first moves, as soon as it is safe to do so, should be to contact a road rage lawyer. Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. can support your case if you have been injured during a road rage incident or need help proving fault.
A Lawyer Can Help You in Many Ways
New York law restricts the time you have to take legal action under the statute of limitations. During an in-depth, free consultation, our team can tell you more about the various time limits you face and the action steps that should be taken to protect and advance your rights.. We can also:
- Gather and analyze all relevant facts and evidence pertaining to your case
- Update you as to every significant development in your case
- Handle all communication with the defendant, the defendant’s legal team, and the insurance companies
- File all paperwork with appropriate parties
- Answer all questions you may have
- Recruit expert witnesses (medical experts, vocational rehabilitation specialists, life care planners, and economists) as may be called for in your case, to support and explain the events surrounding your accident and any of your injuries
Just let us know how we can make your pursuit of damages easier for you. We are ready to help you pursue financial compensation to cover:
- Emergency treatment costs
- Further medical costs, like physical rehabilitation
- Any mobility aids you might need to use, like crutches
- Reduced earning capacity
- Lost wages
- Childcare while you spend time in the hospital
- Transportation costs
We may be able to help you pursue other types of damages. For instance, if you lost a loved one due to your accident, along with offering you our heartfelt condolences, we can take legal action on your behalf. We can file a wrongful death lawsuit within the time allowed by law and pursue related awards such as loss of guidance, loss of financial support, funeral and burial costs and other damages.
Seek Road Rage Legal Assistance from Friedman & Simon, L.L.P.
Road rage is a serious matter that deserves the utmost level of attention and justice. If you were involved in a road rage incident and were injured, contact Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. today at (516) 932-0400.
Our Hicksville road rage lawyers can help you pursue compensation for your losses after your accident. Contact us today to learn more about laws pertaining to road rage and to begin your case with Friedman & Simon, L.L.P.