Road Rage Accidents
Injured by a Dangerous Driver? Our Car Accident Lawyers Can Help
The roads can be dangerous enough when everyone complies with all traffic laws and safety regulations. When drivers make dangerous decisions or disregard the safety of other motorists, the risks of a serious crash increase. While drivers can be careless or reckless in many ways, one particularly dangerous behavior is aggressive driving. At times, aggressive driving can turn into road rage and can often be deadly.
If a road raging driver crashed into your car and you suffered serious injuries, you need the right car accident law firm on your side as soon as possible. At the office of Alpert Schreyer, LLC, our accident and injury attorneys represent injured clients and help them hold negligent and reckless parties liable for their medical bills and other losses. Call us today to discuss your road rage accident and your legal rights.
When Aggression Becomes Rage
Everyone gets impatient at times when driving. Traffic, distracted or slow drivers, and other unexpected delays and obstacles can make us late and frustrated. Sometimes, this frustration leads a driver to engage in aggressive driving, and some drivers then take their aggression a step further and it turns into road rage.
Road rage can involve many different acts of aggressive driving that put other motorists in harm’s way. Sometimes, a rage-filled driver may try to scare another driver with whom they are frustrated, and they may even try to cause another driver to crash. Some dangerous behaviors of road raging drivers can include:
- Excessive speeding in heavy traffic
- Running red lights
- Weaving through traffic with dangerous lane changes
- Pulling in front of another vehicle to “cut off” the driver
- Tailgating and even intentionally hitting the back of another car
- Refusing to let other drivers merge
- Running a vehicle off the road
- Passing in no-pass zones
- Excessively honking a horn or flashing lights, which can distract other drivers
- Yelling threats, making obscene gestures, or displaying a weapon
- Following another driver off the road to confront them outside a vehicle
Not only can road rage incidents lead to serious car crashes, but they can also lead to violent assaults. If you encounter a driver who you believe is enraged, stay as far away as possible. Let them pass you whenever you can and be aware that they may make erratic moves on the road. Never respond to any obscene gestures or threats – this may only make them more angry and retaliatory. If necessary, pull off the highway or into a parking lot and if they follow you, do not stop but keep driving to the nearest police station.
Even if you do all the rights things in a road rage encounter, an accident still may occur. After a crash, always call 911 and remain in your vehicle if it is safe to do so. Getting out of your car may lead to a further confrontation with a raging individual. If you must get out of your car to stay safe (i.e., your car is stuck in the middle of the road), do not engage the other driver, but wait for police to get there whenever possible. Tell police your side of the story when they arrive and have the officer get you the necessary information about the other driver.
If you need medical attention, get it right away, whether that means an ambulance ride or taking yourself to the emergency room. If a doctor diagnoses injuries that require treatment, you should follow the doctor’s orders and as soon as your health is stable, you should contact our experienced road rage lawyers to discuss the next steps.
This accidents often result in life-changing injuries, including:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Internal injuries
The losses arising from such injuries can be overwhelming and may continue indefinitely for permanent injuries. You deserve to hold the road rager fully accountable for their actions and for your medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, and more.
Holding Road Raging Drivers Accountable
Injured accident victims may be able to recover financially from the road raging driver’s insurance company. These claims are complex, and the insurance company will try to limit your payout, even if their policyholder was clearly at fault. You always want an attorney negotiating with the insurance company and reviewing any settlement offers before you sign anything to accept an offer.
In some cases, especially those involving severe injuries or death, it is necessary to file a personal injury or wrongful death claim in civil court. The litigation process is always complicated and requires that you prove the driver acted negligently or, in road rage cases, wrongfully.
While “road rage” is not itself a criminal offense in Maryland, many acts stemming from road rage are illegal and may include reckless driving. Police officers may arrest the driver or at least issue citations. If a driver is convicted in criminal court, we can use that conviction to help your case. We also gather witness statements, video footage, and any other types of evidence of a driver’s road rage and dangerous behaviors.Whether we resolve your claim directly with an insurance company, through settlement negotiations during litigation, or at a jury trial, we will explore every option for you and your family to receive the full amount of compensation you deserve.
How Our Road Rage Accident Attorneys Can Assist You
At Alpert Schreyer, LLC – Injury Lawyers, we regularly see how a serious injury or unexpected loss can hurt you and your family. Our goal is to help you recover as much as possible financially, so you can focus on your physical recovery without added stress. We handle every aspect of the insurance claim process and the personal injury lawsuit process when necessary. With decades of legal experience in Maryland, you can trust that we will do everything in our power to protect your rights and interests against a road raging driver. Please call (844) 632-7274 or contact us online for a free case evaluation today.