Aggressive drivers endanger innocent people every day. Tailgating, swerving between lanes, speeding, and taking risks while behind the wheel is not only illegal, but it can also destroy lives. Aggressive drivers are responsible for accidents that severely injure or cause the death of another.
There are many signs that can alert you to an aggressive driver, such as if they are running stop signs and red lights, speeding, tailgating, weaving in and out of traffic, passing on the right, the shoulder, or on unpaved portions of the roadway, making unsafe lane changes, or making hand and facial gestures, screaming, honking, and flashing their lights at other drivers. If you were hit by a driver exhibiting this conduct and who drove aggressively, causing a collision and injuries, you have the right to pursue full compensation in an insurance claim or lawsuit. Contact a Dallas aggressive driving accident lawyer at The Lenahan Law Firm at (214) 295-1008 to find out how we can help you.
It’s difficult to spot an aggressive driver if you don’t know the signs. How are you supposed to know how someone in a different car is feeling? Unfortunately, aggressive drivers will usually let you know through their dangerous behavior. Some signs to watch out for are:
- Excessive horn use
- Weaving between lanes of traffic and other cars
- Not yielding the right of way
- Lane blocking
- Neglecting to use proper signals
If you notice a driver behaving in an aggressive way, you should give them space to pass you when it is safe and legal to do so. It is in your best interest to be as far away from the aggressive driver as possible, as they can very easily lose control of their vehicle and cause a collision. However, never pull over to the side of the road and stop in order to allow them to pass. Some aggressive drivers may take you stopping as an opportunity to attack you. You should also do your best to avoid antagonizing them. While aggressive drivers are likely to be angry at whatever actions you take, purposefully slowing down more than is necessary or trying to shout at them from your car, is likely to anger them even more and may put your life at risk.
Since aggressive drivers often speed, fail to yield right of way, and weave between other cars, accidents with them can be incredibly devastating. It’s unlikely you are only suffered a small dent to your bumper. Chances are the aggressive driver could have hit you at a high speed, causing an incredible amount of damage and potentially catastrophic wounds. Some injuries that we have seen in clients who were hit by an aggressive driver include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Broken or fractured bones
- Crush injuries
- Spine injuries
- Internal damage
- Amputation or limb loss
- Skull fractures
These injuries are difficult to recover from and require a great deal of time as well as medical assistance to heal. You may lose months of work during your recover, losing out on a sizable income, which will, in turn, make it difficult to pay for the medical bills you incurred. You shouldn’t suffer because someone else was behaving recklessly. That is why it is so important that you file a claim against the at-fault party and their insurance in order to recover damages.
When filing a claim against an at-fault party and their insurance provider, you will need to determine what damages you want to claim for. Your attorney and the insurance adjuster cannot reach a fair compensation if no one knows exactly how much you are owed or how much you have suffered. There are two groups for damages: economic and non-economic.
Economic damages cover financial losses you suffered due to the crash. Some common economic damages you may claim for are:
- Medical bills
- Property damage
- Lost wages
- Loss of job opportunities
While most people may believe that they can only claim for monetary losses, the truth is you can also claim non-financially related issues. Those are covered under non-economic damages. You may file for:
- Pain and suffering
- Lowered quality of life
- Emotional trauma
- Loss of enjoyment
If you or someone you love was severely injured or died due to a car accident caused by an aggressive driver in Dallas, then you deserve to get financial compensation for the personal injury or the loss of a treasured family member. Every individual case is unique with regard to the amount of compensation that will be pursued, based upon what occurred, the degree of the injuries sustained, the predicted term of care and treatment, and other losses related to the collision. At The Lenahan Law Firm, we can advocate for the financial compensation you deserve. With an AVVO® rating of 10.0, we have the qualifications to help you get the financial compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.
If you or someone you know were involved in an accident caused by an aggressive driver that led to a severe injury or death in the Dallas area, then you need to contact a Dallas personal injury lawyer for representation in your case. Contact us, The Lenahan Law Firm, today at (214) 295-1008 and we will fight for financial compensation you deserve. We understand how traumatic a severe injury or death to a love one can be and that is why we want to help you.
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