According to the National Highway 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.” Aggressive driving does not only lead to accidents, but it can also provoke road rage, including confrontations, physical assaults, and even murder.
According to the Insurance Information Institute (III), aggressive driving plays a major role in accidents in the U.S. and caused 56% of fatal crashes from 2003 to 2007.
Aggressive driving can be difficult to quantify. However, the following behaviors, as well as others, can constitute careless and aggressive driving:
- Driving too fast for conditions
- Erratic lane changes
- Driving illegally on a shoulder or sidewalk
- Failure to yield right of way
- Failure to signal
- Failure to obey traffic signs or signals
- Passing in a no-passing zone
- Generally operating a vehicle in a careless and erratic way
- Racing other cars
If you or a loved one suffered injuries due to an aggressive driver, you can consult with a San Francisco aggressive driving accident lawyer to find out whether you could hold the driver to account. You could potentially recover compensation for your medical bills and expenses, as well as any suffering and distress connected to an accident. Call Ben Crump Law, PLLC now for a free evaluation of your case at 800-959-1444.
Compensation in Aggressive Driving Accidents
If you suffered injuries in an accident with an aggressive driver, or your loved one died in such an accident, you may now have medical bills, lost income, and other costs mounting up. If someone else’s reckless and aggressive driving is responsible for your losses and suffering, they should pay for your damages and attempt to make you whole again.
Compensation can potentially help you pay for treatments that aid your recovery and avoid suffering from financial hardship as a result of an accident. If the accident was not your fault, you could receive a settlement from the at-fault party’s insurance company or take them to court in a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit.
If you can prove the other driver’s negligence, you could potentially receive economic as well as non-economic damages. Economic damages can include, but are not limited to:
- All medical expenses related to the accident
- Lost income and future lost income
- Costs for a home health aide
- Property damages
- Out-of-pocket costs
- Funeral costs in a wrongful death lawsuit
Non-economic damages are usually more challenging to calculate. You may wish to consult with a lawyer to find out which types of non-economic damages could apply in your case. However, in a serious accident with extensive injuries, you could recover compensation for the following types of non-economic damages, as well as others:
- Mental anguish and distress
- Physical pain and suffering
- Loss of a limb or limbs
- Loss of companionship in a wrongful death lawsuit
- Loss of quality of life
An aggressive driver may be willfully and recklessly endangering lives. Occasionally, this can result in them having to pay punitive damages to accident victims in addition to any compensation.
For a free legal consultation with a aggressive driving accidents lawyer serving San Francisco, call 800-598-7557
Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Laws in California
If you would like to recover your due after an accident with an aggressive driver, your time is limited, and a San Francisco aggressive driving accident lawyer can help you expedite the process.
California laws generally prohibit you from filing a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit after two years, according to California Code of Civil Procedure, section 335.1. The timeframe may be much shorter if you intend to sue a government entity.
You and your lawyer might collect more evidence you need, including witness statements, to prove your case with more time. A timely settlement can also help you get over an upsetting experience and move on with your life.
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California Statute of Limitations on Aggressive Driving Accidents
Recovering from an accident takes time, and during recovery time, many people think about their legal options. If you are interested in bringing legal action over your aggressive driving accident in San Francisco, state law allows two years from the accident date to file a personal injury lawsuit, per the statute of limitations under CCP § 335.1.
While two years may seem like a long time, it can fly by quickly, and an attorney will need as much time as possible to build a case and file it in civil court by or before the deadline. If you miss this deadline, your case likely will not be considered and your chance for receiving financial awards will be lost.
The legal team at Ben Crump Law, PLLC, can make sure to file your case promptly so that you do not miss the deadline. We will take care of all paperwork for you and communicate with the necessary parties so that you can focus on your recovery.
Give us a call at 800-959-1444 to schedule your free consultation today. We can help you consider your legal options and next steps.
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Hiring a Car Accident Lawyer
You may wonder what the benefits are in hiring a lawyer, particularly if the fault in your car accident seems clear cut. Here are some ways in which it can pay off to work with a lawyer:
The Insurance Company May Try to Take Advantage
If the aggressive driver’s insurance knows that you have no legal help or representation, they may try to offer you a quick settlement that could be below what you deserve.
Immediately after an accident, you may not even know the true extent of your injuries or exactly how much your medical treatments may cost now and in the future. You do not have to agree to any settlements until you have spoken to your lawyer, as you may sign away any legal rights by accepting a settlement. A lawyer can protect you and fight for fair and comprehensive compensation.
Calculating Your Damages Correctly
A lawyer can also assess the harm you suffered in an accident. You may not even know what types of damages are available in your case. Working with a lawyer can ensure that all your economic and non-economic damages are calculated correctly, which can be crucial in negotiating a fair settlement.
Proving Your Case
You may know that the reckless driver is at fault. However, you will also need to prove this in order to recover compensation. A San Francisco aggressive driving accident lawyer can analyze your case in depth and help you gather the evidence and witnesses needed to prove your case.
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You Have No Risk
In working with us, you will not have to pay any charges or attorney’s fees upfront. This means we take on all the risk and use our resources to litigate your case. We only get paid if we win your case and you receive a settlement.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, having a dedicated lawyer by your side can give you the reassurance that someone is fighting for your best interests and looking out for you. Call Ben Crump Law, PLLC today to determine whether you have a case and could receive compensation at 800-959-1444.
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