If you have been injured in an accident with an aggressive driver, you deserve justice. Ben Crump Law, PLLC, wants you to know that you have rights. You are guaranteed the right to live free from the negligent harm of others. When people disregard laws put in place to protect others, they violate others’ rights and can be held accountable.
An aggressive driver who fails to abide by traffic laws and recklessly puts their own interests above the safety of others violates the rights of other drivers. A Bakersfield aggressive driving accident lawyer may be able to help you hold the aggressive driver who hurt you accountable.
Ben Crump Law, PLLC, represents victims just like you—those who have had their rights violated and deserved justice. You may be eligible for compensation that will prevent you from any further injury and allow you to move on with your life. If you were injured in an accident with an aggressive driver, we want to hear from you.
Call us for a free consultation at (800) 598-7557 and let us see how we can help you get justice. In addition to the consultation, we charge no upfront fees, and we collect payment only if we negotiate or win a settlement in your favor.
Liability in Accidents with Aggressive Drivers
When you are in an accident with an aggressive driver, it may be clear to you that their negligent, dangerous behavior caused the accident. Still, you will be required to demonstrate it during settlement negotiations or at trial. To do so, you will need to present evidence that proves the following elements:
- The aggressive driver was, in fact, driving aggressively, disregarding traffic safety laws, and risking the safety of others.
- That their negligent and aggressive behavior was the direct cause of your accident.
- That the accident caused you to suffer injury.
- That the injury you suffered caused damages, such as a severe injury, caused physical and/or emotional trauma, missed work, medical bills, or other similar damages.
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To prove the elements necessary to establish negligence, and thus the other driver’s liability, you will have to present convincing evidence that supports your case. Your lawyer can help you determine which types of evidence your case will rely on to prove your case. All evidence falls into one of two categories.
Direct evidence is any evidence that clearly depicts the aggressive driver’s behavior and accident cause. It leaves no pieces for a jury to put together. Examples of direct evidence include but are not limited to testimony from any witnesses who saw the aggressive driver’s behavior or video footage that documents it. There are few opportunities for direct evidence in car accident cases, so your attorney will likely rely on circumstantial evidence to supplement any direct evidence you present.
Circumstantial evidence is any evidence that strongly supports a certain cause of a given outcome, even though there is no direct proof. Circumstantial cases require juries to infer that certain events must have transpired for the given results to occur. Examples of circumstantial evidence include expert testimony, medical records, pictures of the scene after the fact, and damage to your vehicle, among others.
The more clearly the evidence portrays your case and suffering, the more helpful it will be in establishing the other driver’s liability for the accident. You are likely in pain and focused on recovery and can hardly think about collecting evidence right now. That is understandable. If you hire a lawyer, they can collect necessary evidence on your behalf.
Ben Crump Law, PLLC, can help you with evidence and other matters with your aggressive driving accident. Call us today to schedule a free consultation.
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Aggressive Driving vs. Road Rage
A driver who commits a “combination of moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or property” is, by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) definition, an aggressive driver. Though it may be difficult to decipher between aggressive driving behaviors and road rage, legally, there is a difference. Driving aggressively is simply a traffic violation, while road rage is an actual criminal offense.
There is an element of malice present in road rage that does not exist in aggressive driving. Road rage includes behavior that is so extreme as to be defined by California Vehicle Code (VEH) § 13210 as constituting “an assault upon the person of another with a deadly weapon” under California Penal Code (PEN) § 245 (a).
If you are unsure as to whether the behavior of the driver who caused your accident was aggressive or road rage, consider the following aggressive driving behaviors:
- Speeding does not have to be excessive to be aggressive. Driving any speed faster than the posted speed limit or faster than is appropriate for conditions, such as poor weather or construction, is considered aggressive, according to the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD).
- Improper lane changes, including swerving into and out of lanes quickly or changing lanes without signaling
- Accelerating to pass through yellow or red lights
- Improper passing, including using emergency lanes or shoulders to pass
- Failing to yield
When the driver who caused your accident cannot be punished criminally, you still may be able to get justice. With the help of a Bakersfield aggressive driving accident lawyer, you may be able to get civil justice by filing a personal injury lawsuit that holds the aggressive driver accountable. Additionally, because of the lawsuit, you may also receive awards that will allow you to move on with your life.
If you have been unfairly injured in an accident with an aggressive driver, you deserve justice and a Bakersfield aggressive driving accident lawyer who is not afraid to go after it. With the team at Ben Crump Law, PLLC, behind you, you can be sure you have a team behind you that will not back down. If you are eligible for compensation, we will fight to get you all that you deserve.
To learn more, call us today for a free consultation at (800) 598-7557.