Aggressive driving often costs lives. The Insurance Information Institute (III) reports that aggressive driving is a major factor in isolated incidents of road rage, as well as a number of fatal highway accidents that occur each year. A report completed by the American Automobile Association (AAA) Foundation for Traffic Safety found that aggressive driving behaviors were present in 56% of fatal crashes based on data researchers studied from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatal Accident Report System.
At Ben Crump Law, PLLC, a Detroit aggressive driving accident lawyer can help hold aggressive drivers responsible for their careless actions. Our team will help gather evidence to hold the responsible party liable for their actions. Contact us today at (800) 598-7557 to learn more.
Definition of Aggressive Driving
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines aggressive driving as “the operation of a motor vehicle in a manner that endangers or is likely to endanger persons or property.” The AAA study included the following driving actions in its calculation of aggressive driving-related collisions:
- Following improperly
- Erratic lane changing
- Illegally driving on the shoulder, sidewalk, or median
- Passing in areas where it is prohibited
- Failing to yield the right of way
- Failing to signal
- Failing to obey traffic signals or signs
- Suddenly changing speeds
- Making improper turns
- Street racing
- Driving too fast for road conditions
- Reckless driving
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Speeding and Aggressive Driving
One particularly dangerous form of aggressive driving is speeding. The NHTSA reports that speeding led to the death of 9,378 people in 2018. When people speed, they are more likely to cause injury or death because:
- It takes longer to stop the vehicle
- It is easier to lose control of a vehicle when traveling at a higher rate of speed
- Any accident that results will happen at a greater degree of force
- Safety equipment in the vehicle will not be as effective at higher rates of speed
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Common Causes for Speeding and Aggressive Driving
People speed or otherwise drive in an aggressive manner for various reasons. Sometimes, they may be running late or trying to make it to a certain destination on time. Other times, they may be frustrated with congested traffic or traffic delays. When behind a wheel, many people feel a sense of anonymity and may act differently or more aggressively than they otherwise would. Others may simply drive aggressively out of habit. Still others have anger problems and lose control while behind the wheel.
A Detroit aggressive driving accident lawyer can investigate your claim and determine the underlying causes that led to your injuries.
Potential Damages in an Aggressive Driving Accident
Damages is the legal term that refers to the economic and noneconomic losses you suffered in an accident. Economic losses are those damages that you can clearly trace the accident to, such as medical expenses you incurred because of the accident or wages you lost because you could not work while you were recovering. Noneconomic losses are not so easily quantified and include things such as:
- Pain and suffering
- Physical impairment
- Loss of society and companionship
- Loss of consortium
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How Our Injury Lawyers Can Help with Your Aggressive Driving Claim
If you were injured in an aggressive driving accident, a lawyer from our firm can:
Explain Your Rights
Our lawyers can explain Michigan’s personal injury laws, including describing the at-fault car insurance system that allows you to pursue compensation against the at-fault driver. We can also explain your deadline for filing a lawsuit and work with you to ensure you take action before it is too late.
Investigate Your Accident
Our lawyers can get to the bottom of your car accident case and will:
- Review the accident report
- Interview others who witnessed the accident
- Analyze the damage to your vehicle and other property
- Review photographs or videos of the accident scene
- Uncover other evidence that shows your accident was caused by road rage or aggressive driving
Work with Your Medical Providers
Our team can handle the details while you focus on your medical recovery. We can request your medical records, assemble them in a way to make a comprehensive chronology, and evaluate them to get a concrete understanding of how the accident has affected you, your earning capacity, and your future.
Prepare Your Insurance Demand
Insurance adjusters work for the insurance company and will try to minimize the value of your claim as much as possible. Our lawyers will work to ensure that all of your damages are accounted for, including:
- Property damage
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages and earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of society and companionship
We will accurately estimate the value of your claim and ask the insurance company to pay for the full extent.
Help You Explore Your Legal Options
Depending on your circumstances, if the insurance company does not offer a fair settlement of your claim after we negotiate with them, we may consider other legal options, such as:
We can discuss which process is suited for your particular situation and will advance your interests.
Contact Our Personal Injury Team for a Free Consultation
If you tragically lost a loved one in an aggressive driving accident or you suffered serious injuries, a Detroit aggressive driving accident lawyer from Ben Crump Law, PLLC can help. We will guide you through the tort system and pursue compensation on your behalf. Because we work on a contingency fee basis, you do not pay any attorney fees unless we successfully recover compensation on your behalf. We provide all new personal injury clients with a free consultation to discuss your legal rights and options. Call us today at (800) 598-7557 to get started.