Aggressive driving continues to be a major problem on our nation’s roads. According to the American Safety Council, aggressive driving is responsible for 66 percent of traffic fatalities. Aggressive drivers pose a serious danger to all road users, including car occupants, motorcyclists, cyclists, and pedestrians.
Aggressive driving can cost lives and cause devastating injuries as well as extensive property damage. If you suffered injuries, or a loved one died as the result of an accident with an aggressive driver, a Dallas aggressive driving accident lawyer can help you fight for justice. Call Ben Crump Law, PLLC today at (800) 959-1444 to schedule a free consultation to determine if you have a case.
Examples of Aggressive Driving
What exactly is aggressive driving? According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) aggressive driving is “the operation of a motor vehicle in a manner that endangers or is likely to endanger persons or property.” The following acts can constitute aggressive driving:
- Failure to yield to right of way
- Improper or unsafe lane changes
- Improper passing
- Following too closely
- Failure to obey traffic signs and traffic control devices
- Driving on the sidewalk illegally
- Driving recklessly in general
Sometimes, aggressive driving goes hand in hand with road rage. Getting into an accident with an aggressive or aggravated driver can be terrifying.
However, legal recourse may be available. Aggressive and reckless driving is illegal. If a reckless or aggressive driver is responsible for your accident, injuries, and other losses, contact a Dallas aggressive driving accident lawyer as soon as possible to find out how you could receive compensation.
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Aggressive Driving Lawsuits
According to the Texas Department of Transportation, a driver can be fined up to $200 for each moving violation associated with aggressive driving. They may also have to spend time in jail. While this will not help you if you have suffered injuries in an accident with an aggressive driver, you may be able to hold an aggressive driver accountable for their actions.
You could potentially file a personal injury lawsuit to recover any medical bills and other financial losses from an accident with an aggressive driver. If your loved one died in an accident that was an aggressive driver’s fault, you could potentially file a wrongful death lawsuit and recover compensation as well.
Some of the types of compensation you may be able to recover in a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit include:
- Lost income and future lost income/earning potential
- Past, present, and future medical bills
- Costs for medical devices and equipment
- Property damage
- Costs for household help
- Funeral costs
- Loss of benefits from the deceased
- Mental pain and anguish
- Physical pain and suffering
- Disfigurement and disability
- Loss of a limb or a sense
- Loss of quality of life
- Loss of spousal companionship
- Loss of parental guidance for minor children
Every car accident is unique, and compensation can also depend on the severity of your injuries. Consult with a Dallas aggressive driving accident lawyer to find out what type(s) of compensation you may be entitled to.
Do Not Wait Too Long
If you want to receive compensation for your damages, you should act as soon as you can after your accident. We understand that you will want and need to focus on your health, and on healing from any injuries suffered in an accident. However, do not wait too long before contacting a Dallas aggressive driving accident lawyer.
The Texas statute of limitations—Texas Civil Practice & Remedies Code Section 16.003—sets a general time limit of two years for any personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits. Filing too late may prevent you from receiving any compensation. The sooner you start with the process, the sooner you could receive compensation that can help you move on from your accident.
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Proving Fault of an Aggressive Driver
In order to have a case, you will need to prove fault and negligence of the aggressive driver. The legal elements of negligence that you will have to prove in an aggressive driver lawsuit are:
- The aggressive driver had a duty of care towards you.
- They breached the duty of care.
- The breach caused your accident and injuries.
- You have actual damages as a result.
As a general rule, all road users have a basic duty of care towards other road users. This includes following the rules of the road, such as speed limits, traffic lights, and traffic signs, among other obligations. Aggressive driving likely is a breach of duty in and of itself, as an aggressive driver is most likely not using reasonable care in navigating the roads.
However, you will still have to prove, with evidence, that the at-fault driver drove aggressively and without due care. This can be a challenging task and may require a considerable amount of evidence. A Dallas aggressive driving accident lawyer can help you gather the necessary evidence regarding negligence in your accident.
Contact Us Today for Help
We want to help you get the compensation you deserve. If someone else caused your injuries and other losses, they should be responsible for your costs—especially if they were driving aggressively and endangered you as well as other road users willfully.
Ben Crump Law, PLLC understands that taking legal action can seem daunting, especially if you have suffered extensive injuries or your loved one died as a result of an aggressive driving accident. However, you do not have to struggle with this alone.
We can be with you every step of the way, build your case, and fight passionately for your rights. We can also negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf and represent you in court. We work on a “no win, no fee” basis, so there are no upfront costs when you work with us. We only collect a fee if we win a settlement in your case.
Call Ben Crump Law, PLLC today at (800) 959-1444 to find out how a Dallas aggressive driving accident lawyer can help you get the justice you deserve.