Aggressive Driving Accidents Explained by Vegas Injury Attorney Adam Williams
Aggressive driving takes many forms. From speeding too quickly to be safe to tailgating other motorists to passing in an unsafe way, there are many types of behavior on the road that drivers do that is considered aggressive, and that can significantly increase the chances of an accident occurring.
When a driver behaves aggressively, the motorist may violate the rules of the road — or his conduct may be more careless than the average motorist’s.
Both negligence and violating safety rules can result in a motorist being held legally liable for any accidents that occur from his aggressive driving. However, it is up to victims of motor vehicle collisions caused by aggressive drivers to take appropriate legal action to obtain the compensation they deserve.
LV Personal Injury Lawyers can help. Our experienced legal team knows the law well when it comes to injury claims caused by aggressive drivers. We can work with you to understand your rights, determine if you have a claim, and identify those responsible for causing your crash to occur. We can also help you to provide proof that another motorist was to blame and to show the extent of damages so you can recover full and fair compensation for losses.
Our firm provides representation to injured victims and their families in both personal injury and wrongful death cases, in Las Vegas and we help you to fight for compensation from a jury or through an out-of-court settlement from an insurance company representing the driver who hurt you.
In the aftermath of an aggressive driving accident, it is hard to know where to turn. To get the help you need, contact a Vegas injury attorney today at LV Personal Injury Lawyers. We’ll start working on your case and fighting for the money you deserve so you can recover from your injuries and move on with rebuilding your life.
Types of Aggressive Driving
Aggressive driving can include any type of driving behavior that most people would consider unsafe, and that increases the risk of motor vehicle collisions. Some of the most common types of aggressive driving include:
- Tailgating: Motorists follow too closely behind a lead car, significantly increasing the chances of a rear-end accident.
- Unsafe passing: This could include passing on the right or passing someone in a no-passing zone.
- Speeding: Driving too fast can both increase the likelihood of an accident and can result in a crash being more severe when it occurs.
- Failure-to-yield: A driver who does not yield the right-of-way when required to do so could increase the chances of an intersection accident.
- Cutting off other drivers: When a motorist pulls in front of other drivers, this can make a rear-end accident much more likely to occur.
- Flashing headlights or high beams: This can make it difficult for other motorists to see correctly.
- Excessive use of the horn: Beeping at other motorists can be a distraction and can result in risky decisions being made.
- Failure to obey traffic signals: It’s dangerous not to stop at a stop sign or a red light.
- Road rage: Drivers who give in to road range could be physically violent and confrontational, or could engage in a pattern of behavior that makes a collision more likely.
Drivers who opt to engage in these unsafe behaviors should be held accountable if the actions they take cause a collision that injures themselves, their passengers, or other motorists on the road.
Who is Responsible for Aggressive Driving Accidents?
Every driver is expected to exercise reasonable caution and to obey the rules of the road. Motorists who drive aggressively fail to fulfill this basic obligation imposed upon them. As a result, if a motorist causes an accident as a direct result of driving aggressively, that motorist can be held legally liable for any losses or damages that result from his or her misconduct.
Victims who are hurt by an aggressive driver have to prove who was to blame for an accident if they hope to recover compensation. They need to prove that another driver was unreasonably negligently. This can be proved by showing that the driver broke a safety rule, which creates the presumption of negligence. It can also be demonstrated by showing no reasonable motorist would have behaved in such an unsafe way.
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In addition to holding a driver accountable for an aggressive driving accident, there are some circumstances where victims may be able to hold the employer of that driver liable for losses. This could occur, for example, in circumstances where a professional driver such as a truck driver or bus driver caused an accident to occur by driving aggressively. Employers may have more money available to pay compensation to accident victims, so talk with an attorney about all possible parties you could pursue a claim against.
Compensation for Aggressive Driving Accidents
Victims of aggressive driving accidents should be entitled to be “made whole” or put back in the position they would have been in had the accident never occurred. This means they are entitled to full compensation for both economic and non-financial damages. Compensation should be provided for lost wages, pain and suffering, medical bills incurred due to the accident, and emotional distress.
If an aggressive driving accident is fatal, surviving family members are entitled to wrongful death damages, including compensation for loss of the deceased’s income as well as for lost companionship.
Getting Help From Aggressive Driving Accident Attorneys
LV Personal Injury Lawyers can provide representation to accident victims and can help them to get the compensation they deserve in the aftermath of an accident. Our experienced legal team can work closely with you to understand your rights and obligations as an accident victim or as the family members of someone killed in an accident.
We’ll help you every step of the way in pursuing a claim to get compensation for crash losses so give us a call today.