Driving aggressively is one of the surest ways to cause an accident. Indeed, statistics show that aggressive driving may be the primary factor in more than 50 percent of fatal accidents. If you are involved in a crash involving an aggressive driver, you have the right to seek compensation for your injuries. At the law offices of Olmstead & Olmstead, P.C., our car accident lawyers will help by investigating your crash, proving that the crash would not have occurred but for the actions of the aggressive driver, and negotiating your settlement.
Acts of Driver Aggression that Cause Crashes
AAA Exchange defines aggressive driving as “any unsafe driving behavior, performed deliberately and with ill-intention or disregard for safety…” Actions that may constitute aggressive driving include:
- Illegally changing lanes;
- Running a red light or stop sign;
- Blocking other cars from changing lanes;
- Cutting off another driver; and
- Using brakes or headlights to “punish” other drivers, such as flashing high beams or tapping brakes.
Aggressive Driving Is Dangerous
Aggressive driving is very dangerous, and may constitute either negligence or negligence per se. Negligence is the failure to exercise the duty of care required in a given situation (such as slowing one’s speed when conditions are icy), and negligence per se is the breach of a statute or code (such as traveling above the posted speed limit). When a driver’s negligence or negligence per se causes a crash, that driver can be held liable for the damages incurred by the other party.
Bringing Forth a Claim Against an Aggressive Driver
When an aggressive driver causes an accident and you suffer damages such as physical injury or property damage, it is important that you understand what steps to take next and how to bring forth a successful claim against the aggressive driver.
Immediately following a crash, you should gather information from the at-fault driver, such as name, contact information, and insurance information. If you are injured, you should seek medical care as soon as possible. Be sure to document all care received.
Within a reasonable amount of time after a crash has occurred, and preferably within 24 hours, you should notify your insurance company of the crash. If the other driver’s aggressive actions were to blame for the crash, you maintain the right to bring a claim with the other driver’s insurance. Your own insurance company will likely assist you in doing so.
In order to recover compensation for your crash via the insurance company of the at-fault driver, you will have to prove fault. If police reports and testimony from witnesses alone are not enough to prove fault, our attorneys can open an investigation. If necessary, we hire accident reconstruction experts who can determine the precise cause of your accident, and testify on your behalf.
In determining the value of your claim, we aggressively negotiate for you to improve your chances of recovering your maximum settlement amount. In the event a settlement cannot be reached through negotiations, we will be prepared to go to trial and litigate.
Contact Our Law Offices after an Accident Caused by an Aggressive Driver
Drivers have a responsibility to operate their vehicles safely. When they breach this duty and drive aggressively, ultimately causing an accident, they are responsible for paying for any damages incurred by other parties.
At the law offices of Olmstead & Olmstead, P.C., our talented Virginia car accident attorneys understand the array of losses you have suffered after being hit by a negligent driver. Our team is here to help you – we do that by explaining to you your legal options and the claim process, and handling all elements associated with recovering the compensation amount you deserve. To learn more or speak with our attorneys today, please send us an email, call us at 703-361-1555, or visit us in person.