Even in smaller cities like Sandy Springs, traffic can become congested. Busy roads and stressful living situations can lead to aggressive drivers on the road. If a driver’s aggression leads to a car accident, the aftermath can be severe.
Serious injuries (and even deaths) can result from an aggressive driving accident. If you or a loved one were affected, a Sandy Springs lawyer can help. We can help you by:
- Gathering evidence of the driver’s actions
- Documenting the accident scene
- Calculating your total damages
- Fighting for the compensation you deserve
John Foy & Associates has been representing accident victims for over 20 years. We are not afraid to fight for your rights and the compensation you deserve. If you contact us today, we’ll get you started with a free consultation.
Call us at (404) 400-4000 or contact us online for your free consultation. You won’t pay us a thing unless we win your case.
Examples of Aggressive Driving
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines aggressive driving as “a combination of moving traffic offenses” meant to “endanger other persons or property.”
Aggressive driving can look like:
- Running red lights or stop signs
- Speeding excessively
- Texting or talking on the phone while driving
- Racing other drivers
- Weaving in and out of traffic lanes
- Passing other drivers illegally
- Failing to signal
- Cutting off other vehicles
An aggressive driver performs these actions intentionally. They are often taking out frustrations or stress on other drivers. This is a huge problem because aggressive driving increases the risk of a serious accident.
Other drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians are all at risk when there’s an aggressive driver. But the law is on the victim’s side. If aggressive driving led to your accident, you can seek compensation for your costs.
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Aggressive Driving: a Major Factor in Car Accidents
Aggressive driving plays a part in many car and truck accidents. According to the NHTSA, speeding, a common type of aggressive driving, makes up about a third of all accident deaths. Tragically, aggressive drivers cause too many injuries and deaths each year.
If another driver caused your accident, it could be because of aggression. Talk to a lawyer about the other driver’s behavior. If you can prove their aggressive driving actions, it will help your case.
Common Injuries Caused by Aggressive Driving
An aggressive driver has little regard for others on the road. Since aggressive driving involves unsafe practices, the injuries are often severe.
Aggressive driving injuries we see include:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Concussions and other traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Broken bones
- Severe burns
If an accident involves speeding, it’s more likely to cause terrible injuries. A higher rate of speed means a greater impact during the collision.
If you didn’t cause the accident, you are not responsible for the costs. You are likely entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost income, and more. If a loved one lost their life, you might also have a wrongful death claim for damages.
John Foy & Associates can investigate how the accident occurred. We’ll also document your injuries and other damages. The goal is to get you the fullest recovery possible. Learn more by calling us at (404) 400-4000 for a free consultation.
Aggressive Driving Can Turn into Road Rage
Shockingly, there is a stage of hostility above aggressive driving. When aggressive driving escalates, it can turn into road rage. While aggressive driving is a traffic violation, road rage is a criminal offense.
Examples of road rage include:
- Using a vehicle as a weapon
- Brandishing a weapon
- Gesturing rudely at another driver
- Fighting or racing with another driver
Road rage often means the driver is trying to cause harm. Most of the time, road rage is triggered because a driver is dealing with unrelated stressors. Unfortunately, innocent victims can become injured at no fault of their own.
Holding a Driver Responsible for Aggressive Driving
If you were injured because of an aggressive driver, you have the right to seek compensation. Most of the time, you can file a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company for damages like:
- Medical expenses
- Future medical costs
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Vehicle repairs
It’s hard to know exactly what your damages will be. If you have serious injuries, you will probably need ongoing or future medical treatment. It’s best to work with an experienced lawyer who can calculate your current and future expenses.
A lawyer can also determine your emotional “injuries” from the accident. Pain and suffering do not have a set dollar amount like medical bills do. But the law can only compensate you through money. Your lawyer will use a formula to calculate your pain and suffering for your claim.
How Insurance Companies Make Recovery Difficult
Most car accident cases end with an insurance settlement. Thankfully, you rarely have to sue a driver or go to court for what you deserve. That being said, getting what you deserve from insurance is challenging.
Insurance companies care most about their bottom lines. When the aggressive driver’s insurance gets your claim, they will look for ways to pay you less.
Common insurance tactics include:
- Offering a lowball settlement offer and hoping you’ll accept it
- Blaming you for the accident to reduce their own liability
- Questioning your injuries or other damages
- Denying your claim altogether
Do not accept a settlement or sign anything without speaking to a lawyer. Even if you don’t hire an attorney, talk to one about the type of settlement you deserve. Otherwise, you could end up with much less than you deserve for your damages.
Talk to a Sandy Springs Aggressive Driving Accident Lawyer Today
The aftermath of an aggressive driving accident is stressful. You might have painful injuries and serious damages. At the same time, hiring a lawyer can feel out of reach.
Thankfully, you don’t have to worry about cost with John Foy & Associates. We take cases on contingency, which means we only get paid if we win you money. Our number one goal is pursuing the justice you need and deserve.
To get a free consultation to discuss your case, call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online.