If you or a loved one were injured in an accident caused by road rage or aggressive driving, you may be entitled to compensation.
Driving can be a frustrating experience. However, every driver has a legal duty to drive within the bounds of the law and look out for the safety of others. When a driver lets his or her annoyance turn into road rage, the consequences can be traumatic. Road rage has the potential to cause crashes that result in severe injury or even death.
At Bader Scott Injury Lawyers, we help victims seek compensation for damages sustained in road rage accidents. An East Point road rage accident lawyer may be able to help you recover compensation for your medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and more.
Call our office at (404) 888-8888 today for a free consultation.
Road Rage is an Extreme Instance of Aggressive Driving
When someone gets angry about something that happens while they are driving, they may express this anger by driving in an erratic or dangerous manner. Not only is this type of driving unsafe, but it is also illegal. Official Code of Georgia Annotated (OCGA) §40-6-390 defines reckless driving as driving with careless disregard for the safety of other people and their property.
Reckless driving acts that are considered road rage include:
- Running another motorist off the road
- Intentionally slamming the brakes on in front of a motorist
- Intentionally cutting another motorist off
- Aggressively tailgating another
- Continuously honking at another driver
- Showing rude, profane, and insulting hand gestures toward another driver
Any action that shows a willful disregard for traffic laws or the safety of motorists, passengers, cyclists, or pedestrians may be considered reckless driving.
If you were involved in a car accident and the other motorist is facing criminal charges for reckless driving, you may be able to bring a civil claim against them. However, you do not have to prove that the other driver was driving recklessly to successfully recover compensation through a personal injury claim.
Elements to Prove Liability in Road Rage Car Accidents
If you or a loved one were hurt in a road rage accident, you may be left with considerable financial losses. You may have medical bills, ongoing medical expenses, vehicle repair costs, and other expenses to manage. Through a personal injury claim, you may be entitled to compensation for these losses.
To prove your personal injury claim and recover financial compensation, an East Point road rage accident lawyer will need to demonstrate four main points:
- You were owed a duty of care by the other driver. All drivers have a legal duty to drive with regard for the safety of others and follow traffic laws.
- The other driver breached this duty of care by driving recklessly or negligently.
- You suffered injuries because of the driver’s breach of duty.
- Your injuries caused damages such as medical bills or lost wages from missed work.
Understanding Georgia’s Comparative Negligence Law
You may wonder whether you can still bring a claim and pursue compensation if you also acted negligently. Perhaps you were speeding, failed to use your turn signal while changing lanes, or otherwise contributed to the road rage accident.
Georgia follows a legal doctrine called “comparative negligence” when it comes to shared fault for car accident injury claims. An injured person may bring a claim and pursue damages if they are not half or more at fault for the accident. Put another way, if your own negligence is found to be 49 percent or less, you may still be able to recover damages. If you are found to be partly at fault for the accident, the amount of compensation you may receive will be reduced according to your percentage of fault according to OCGA §51-12-33.
Call Bader Scott Injury Lawyers at (404) 888-8888 for a free, no-obligation case review to learn more.
For a free legal consultation with a road rage accidents lawyer serving East Point, call (404) 888-8888
How Our Law Office Helps Victims of Road Rage Accidents
Successfully recovering compensation after a road rage accident can often be a complicated legal process. To establish the elements needed to prove your case, we may:
- Obtain footage from dash cameras, red-light cameras, or security cameras
- Analyze photographs of the vehicle damage and accident scene
- Obtain data from vehicles’ event data recorders
- Take pictures of skid marks, guardrail damage, or other physical evidence of the crash
- Evaluate police reports
- Gather medical records that show the severity of your injuries
Our team understands that a serious auto accident can change your life in an instant. You may be struggling with painful injuries and financial hardship. Let a road rage accident attorney manage your injury claim on your behalf so that you can concentrate on your recovery. Our legal team can handle each aspect of your case including:
- Explaining your legal options to you and discussing the best approach for pursuing compensation
- Communicating with the other driver’s insurer and your own insurance company
- Gathering evidence needed to demonstrate the other driver’s negligence
- Speaking with witnesses to the accident
- Consulting with experts such as accident reconstructionists, highway safety specialists, or medical experts
- Calculating the amount and types of damages you may be entitled
- Negotiating a settlement with the insurance company
- Filing a personal injury lawsuit on your behalf, if needed
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Compensation You May Be Entitled to After a Road Rage Accident
The amount of compensation you could receive for your accident depends on the severity of your personal injuries and property damage, how long it will take to heal from your injuries, and how much these injuries affect your life. You could be entitled to compensation for:
- Past and future medical costs
- Vehicle damage and damage to personal property inside the vehicle
- Lost wages from your missed work
- Reduced future earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
Contact the Office of a Road Rage Accident Attorney in East Point to Learn More Today
Injury claims must be filed within two years of the injury-causing accident, in accordance with OCGA §9-3-33. If you or a loved one were injured in a road rage accident, contact an East Point road rage accident lawyer from Bader Scott Injury Lawyers to discuss pursuing financial compensation.
Call our office at (404) 888-8888 to learn more about the legal options that may be available to you. We take accident cases on a contingency fee basis meaning you pay nothing unless we recover compensation for you.