According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 53 automobile fatalities in St. Louis in 2018, with close to half resulting from speeding. Moreover, that is just over 5% of all automobile fatalities for the whole state that year. Unfortunately, you cannot control what other drivers do, but you can take steps to protect yourself in these circumstances if you, or a loved one, fall victim to one of them.
If you are suffering injuries, or the loss of a loved one, due to an aggressive driving accident in St. Louis, you may be eligible for compensation. Ben Crump Law, PLLC is here to help you file your lawsuit and claim.
Contact our offices at (800) 598-7557 for your free consultation. A St. Louis aggressive driving accident lawyer will help you figure out the best route to take based on the uniqueness of your case. It is risk-free. You do not pay until we reach a settlement on your behalf.
What is Aggressive Driving
Aggressive driving is when a driver’s actions “exceed the norms of safe driving behavior,” and those actions place other drivers at risk. According to an American Automobile Association 2009 study, over half of all fatal crashes from 2003 to 2007 were due to aggressive driving.
Some examples of aggressive driving are:
- Failure to follow traffic directives
- Reckless driving
- Failure to yield
- Passing in a no-passing zone
- Improper lane changing
Road rage should not be confused with aggressive driving. Although they may have commonalities, road rage is a personal assault, and you may need to talk to an attorney to help alleviate you of any obscurities in this case.
For a free legal consultation with a aggressive driving lawyer serving St. Louis, call (800) 598-7557
Proving Liability in an Aggressive Driving Accident in St. Louis
Proving negligence is not always easy. You would benefit from discussing your options with an attorney. Personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits follow the same criteria when proving negligence in aggressive driving claims.
Here is what you will have to prove:
- The driver had a duty to drive responsibly without creating unnecessary danger.
- The driver breached this duty.
- This breach was the negligence that caused the accident.
- This negligence was what injured the victim and personal property.
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How a St. Louis Aggressive Driving Accident Lawyer Can Help You
A St. Louis aggressive driving accident lawyer can guide you through the steps necessary to optimize your claim. We negotiate with insurance adjusters and defense teams on your behalf, giving you more time to concentrate on yourself and your family. Our goal is to get you the compensation you deserve.
Working with Ben Crump Law, PLLC means having a team truly dedicated to your success. There are many ways to claim damages for your injuries and we want to make sure nothing is left out.
We are passionate about justice, so contact us today. We will evaluate your case for free. If you choose our team to manage your case, we will not take payment unless and until you win. Let our firm work diligently for you.
What Damages Can I Claim in an Aggressive Driving Accident Lawsuit?
There are no caps on how much you can receive in a personal injury lawsuit for an automobile accident for economic and noneconomic damages in Missouri. Therefore, calculating these damages can be overwhelming when you are not sure what is available to you.
Additionally, it helps to have an economist and medical professional look over everything to ensure you get the fairest calculation of your injuries and losses. Missouri also has a tort’s victim fund — Missouri Revised Statutes § 537.675, which covers compensation when the defendant or the defendant’s insurance cannot.
Economic damages cover medical bills, lost wages, and any other funds needed or lost due to your injuries.
Noneconomic damages are intangible losses such as pain and suffering, loss of companionship, loss of family support, etc.
Punitive damages are limited at $500,000 or five times the amount of compensation awarded — Missouri Revised Statutes § 510.265. These damages are only for specific circumstances dealing with intentional actions. You can talk with an attorney to see if these apply to your case.
Missouri follows the comparative negligence rule. This rule allows the defendant to try and prove the plaintiff at fault to a certain percent. If you are found to be a percentage at fault, it will be deducted from the final claim. For example, if you are awarded $10,000 for your damages, but the defendant proves you were at 10% fault, a deduction of $1,000 comes out of the total compensation.
Statutes of Limitations
Missouri Revised Statutes § 516.120 states that anyone injured in an accident has five years from the incident to file a personal injury claim. This differs from a wrongful death claim. Missouri Revised Statutes § 537.100 states you have three years from the victim’s death to file.
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Contact a St. Louis Aggressive Driving Lawyer Today
If you witness an aggressive driver and feel like you are in danger, pull over and call the authorities. Do not take the chance of becoming a victim. That phone call may save someone’s life.
We understand that filing a lawsuit is never easy, especially if you are hurt or have lost a member of your family due to negligence. Therefore, getting the help of an attorney may be what you need to manage your case appropriately and with less stress.
Let Ben Crump Law, PLLC advocate for your losses. Contact a team member today at (800) 598-7557 for a free case examination. Do not let time run out; let us help you through these tough times. It does not cost anything to call, and you do not pay unless we win a settlement for you.