If you were hurt in a Savannah accident caused by an aggressive driver, it may be possible to hold that driver accountable for their reckless and negligent behavior. You are eligible to recover compensation for the expenses and losses you incurred as a result of the accident if you can prove the aggressive driver was at fault.
A Savannah aggressive driving accident lawyer from Bader Scott Injury Lawyers may be able to protect your rights and handle this process for you. Let a member of our team evaluate your traffic accident case for free to determine your legal options. Bader Scott Injury Lawyers can get you started by scheduling your complimentary consultation now. Call (404) 888-8888.
Georgia Has Strict Laws Against Aggressive Driving Behaviors
Aggressive driving, by definition, is dangerous. Per O.C.G.A. § 40-6-397, drivers who engage in certain behaviors behind the wheel face increased penalties when they act with the intent to injure, intimidate, harass, or obstruct another driver or person. Intent plays a central role in the crime of aggressive driving.
The Georgia aggressive driving statute is vague in order to allow law enforcement and the courts to apply it to many varying circumstances, and it significantly increases the severity of the charges the driver could face. In many cases, these are minor traffic violations that are elevated to a “misdemeanor of a high and aggravated nature” when there is intent to injure, threaten, or scare another motorist.
In general, a driver may be an aggressive driver if they engage in one or more of the following with the intent to endanger or intimidate another person:
- Driving at excessive and unsafe speeds, either above the posted speed limits or based on the current conditions
- Improper or unsafe lane changes, often weaving in traffic
- Improper passing, sometimes on the shoulder or with oncoming traffic
- Slowing, stopping suddenly, or other unexpected and dramatic changes in speed
- Impeding or obstructing the flow of traffic or another driver’s safe operation of their vehicle
A Savannah aggressive driving accident lawyer from Bader Scott Injury Lawyers can represent drivers who suffered injuries in a collision with an aggressive driver. You can speak to a member of the Bader Scott Injury Lawyers staff about your case for free today by calling (404) 888-8888. Our free case review will tell you if you qualify to hold the aggressive driver responsible and recover a payout.
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You May Be Eligible for Damages in Your Savannah Aggressive Driving Accident Case
The attorneys from Bader Scott Injury Lawyers know how to document losses and expenses from an accident and prove the value of a case to the insurance company or the judge and jury. We will gather evidence that includes your medical bills, receipts, documents, and other paperwork, analyze your medical records, and enlist the help of experts to document a variety of losses you incurred.
You may be able to recover compensation for damages that include the following:
Economic damages are your actual financial losses and expenses. This includes both current and future damages. You may have sustained economic damages that include:
- Treatment and care costs.
- Lost wages, benefits, and other types of income.
- Reduced ability to earn.
- Damages to your vehicle.
- Other property damages.
- Rental car costs.
- Miscellaneous expenses related to your injuries or accident.
Non-economic damages are the intangible losses you experienced as a result of your accident. We know how to put a fair settlement value on these damages. They include:
- Physical pain.
- Emotional suffering such as mental anguish.
- Diminished quality of life.
Punitive damages are not generally available in car accident cases, but they may be possible in an aggressive driving case when the driver intentionally puts you and others at risk with their reckless behavior. Under O.C.G.A. § 51-12-5.1, accident victims can only receive punitive damages in cases when the defendant engages in “willful misconduct,” “wantonness,” or “conscious indifference to the consequences.”
Punitive damages do not compensate you for the losses you suffered. Instead, they penalize the at-fault driver for their bad behavior.
Wrongful Death Damages
Per O.C.G.A § 51-4-2, qualifying family members who lost a loved one in an aggressive driving accident can pursue additional damages. These damages cover the expenses and losses the family members face as a result of their loved one’s death, including loss of consortium and funeral expenses.
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Deadlines in Holding an Aggressive Driver Responsible for Your Savannah Accident
Under O.C.G.A § 9-3-33, Georgia limits you to only two years to take a case to court. We must file your civil case in a Chatham County court before the deadline arrives. This may be necessary if we cannot reach an insurance settlement.
It is also important to know that some types of damages, including punitive damages, are only available through a court award. This means that we must take your case to court to seek this type of compensation on your behalf.
Contact our team about your case as soon as you can following your accident. This will give us time to conduct our investigation and build a strategy that allows us to seek the damages you deserve.
Talk to a Savannah Bader Scott Injury Lawyers Team Member
A Savannah aggressive driving accident lawyer from Bader Scott Injury Lawyers can help you pursue a payout in your Chatham County car accident case if the facts support an insurance claim or civil suit. You can find out if you qualify by speaking to a member of the Bader Scott Injury Lawyers staff. We can evaluate your Savannah accident case at no cost.
Call (404) 888-8888 to get started with your case consultation today.