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Aggressive Driving Accident Lawyer

Most of us have probably encountered another driver on the road who may have offended or annoyed us. Busy schedules and the frustrations of everyday life can put pressure on anyone behind the wheel. Yet, when drivers act on feelings of irritation and operate their vehicles in an unsafe way, they allow their emotions to drive, not their logic. In fact, some drivers may not even realize their actions are aggressive.

Aggressive driving often leads to serious car accidents that cause permanent injuries or even death. Sadly, aggressive driving contributed to 9,478 deaths in the United States in 2019. Victims of aggressive driving may be left struggling with costly medical bills and long-term trauma. 

If you or a loved one has been injured due to an aggressive driving car accident, you might be entitled to compensation for your injuries. The lawyers of Fielding Law are qualified to seek justice for victims of aggressive driving accidents. We fight to protect the rights of our clients and hold aggressive drivers accountable for their actions. Call us at (801) 666-2912 or complete our online form for a free case evaluation today.

The Difference Between Aggressive Driving and Road Rage

Many think that aggressive driving is the same as road rage, yet the intent and legal consequences of either behavior may differ in each state. Generally, aggressive driving refers to dangerous driving behavior that endangers other persons or property. An aggressive driver may commit a combination of moving traffic offenses, such as speeding while running a red light.

Although it is often interconnected with aggressive driving, road rage usually involves angry and violent behavior with the intent to harm a person or a person’s property. In many states, road rage is classed as a criminal offense and a motorist may be fined or even imprisoned if convicted.

Fielding Law’s attorneys focus exclusively on auto accident and personal injury cases, so we are familiar with the laws that govern aggressive driving. If you have questions about your aggressive driving accident case, talk to one of our team for legal advice you can trust.

Circumstances That Can Lead to Aggressive Driving

It can be frightening when you are involved in an aggressive driving car accident, not to mention that it feels so unfair. Every driver who gets behind the wheel has a duty to operate his or her vehicle in a safe manner. 

When a driver disregards the safety of others by driving recklessly, the situation can escalate quickly causing much havoc. Not only does a reckless driver put more than his or her own life at risk, also endangering the lives of other motorists, passengers, pedestrians, and cyclists who share the road.

An individual may choose to drive recklessly out of:

  • Feeling stressed, impatient, or irritated
  • Running late
  • Getting caught in heavy traffic congestion
  • Being frustrated by other drivers
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol

If a driver is under the influence of alcohol, his or her aggressive behavior may intensify. Hostile confrontations with other motorists could result. Rash actions and the unpredictability of an aggressive driver make many feel unsafe.

No matter what the reason is for the aggressive driving, there is no excuse sufficient for breaking the law and causing harm to others. If you have suffered injuries due to the aggressive actions of another driver, contact Fielding Law to find out your rights. Our team members listen with compassion and offer legal counsel specific to each of our client’s needs.

Types of Aggressive Driving Behaviors

Aggressive driving is a major concern for motorists in the United States. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that speeding, a form of aggressive driving, contributed to26 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2019

Aggressive driving accidents may include some of the following behaviors:

  • Erratic lane changing
  • Cutting off another driver
  • Drag racing
  • Running red lights
  • Slowing down in the left lane
  • Speeding
  • Tailgating
  • Unsafe passing

When extreme cases of aggressive behavior lead to road rage, the situation can escalate, resulting in serious harm or even death. If you have been injured in an aggressive driving accident, it is important to seek help from a qualified personal injury attorney as soon as possible. 

Fielding Law’s lawyers offer a free case evaluation to help you understand the legal avenues that allow you to recover compensation for your injuries. Call us today at (801) 666-2912 to find out how our qualified attorneys can help you.

Establishing Negligence in an Aggressive Driving Accident

Negligence is defined as any behavior that disregards the safety of others. Aggressive driving falls into the category of negligent or careless behavior. Car accident victims may seek compensation based on negligence law. Yet, to recover monetary damages, your lawyer must prove the aggressive driver acted negligently.

Negligence claims must establish the following four elements:

  1. Duty: The driver owed a duty of care to obey the road rules and drive safely
  2. Breach: The negligent party breached that duty by creating foreseeable harm
  3. Causation: The negligent actions of the aggressive driver caused your injuries
  4. Damages: You suffered monetary damages due to your injuries

Types of Compensation for Victims of Aggressive Driving

If you have suffered harm due to the aggressive behavior of another driver, we can help you explore the financial recovery options available. Many accident victims are unaware of the types of compensation they might be able to recover. Unlike insurance adjusters who try to undervalue a victim’s suffering, we carefully consider both the economic and non-economic damages our client has suffered.

Economic damages

Economic damages refer to compensation for financial losses caused by your injuries. These damages are financial costs that can be calculated and proven by receipts and proof of expenses. 

Some types of economic damages include:

  • Past, present, future medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Property damages
  • Funeral expenses

Non-economic damages

Non-economic damages include compensation for the physical, mental, and emotional pain caused by the accident. These types of damages are more difficult to calculate, as they do not come with a price tag. However, an experienced lawyer can help you seek fair compensation for your suffering.

Non-economic damages may include:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional trauma
  • Anxiety and stress
  • Loss of companionship
  • Loss of consortium

Fielding Law has the experience you need. Our personal injury lawyers know how to investigate and gather the necessary evidence to seek financial recovery for our clients. We seek the maximum amount of compensation available for each client, so you can move past this difficult time and move on with your life.

When to Accept an Insurance Settlement

Many car accident victims must deal with mounting medical bills and lost wages, so they might be eager to accept the first insurance settlement offer given to them. However, most insurance companies do not have the victim’s best interests in mind and want to pay out as little as possible. An insurance company will often take advantage of the person’s desperation to pay off bills and make a low-ball offer.

When Fielding Law takes on a case, we deal with insurance companies on your behalf, negotiating for the maximum settlement amount we can get for you. We keep our clients informed and we only accept an offer that fairly reflects the damages you have suffered.

While most cases are settled out of court, if the settlement amount is not reasonable, our lawyers will be prepared to take your case to trial and fight for every dollar you deserve. Our priority is your success, so we will only go to court when we believe we can win your case.

Don’t let insurance companies take advantage of your suffering. Seek legal counsel from an experienced aggressive driving accident lawyer before accepting any settlement offer. You can make the most of our free case evaluation to find out what compensation you deserve.

Our Lawyers Are Here to Help

The legal team at Fielding Law understands how overwhelming it can be for car accident victims to navigate the complex legal system alone. We want to remove the stress and make it easier for our clients so each can focus on his or her own recovery. 

If you hire us, you won’t be left in the dark; we will keep you informed and up to date with the progress of your case. We offer all our clients one-on-one access to their licensed attorney throughout the claims process. Throughout, you can be confident that we will effectively handle your case with care and professionalism as we explore your opportunities for compensation. 

If you have questions about your aggressive driving accident, speak to one of our lawyers to get reliable advice you can trust. Call us on (801) 666-2912 or make a booking for your free case evaluation today.