Drivers have a responsibility to operate their vehicles safely and to comply with traffic laws. Unfortunately, some motorists fail to meet that standard and put other people in danger. Aggressive driving can lead to serious and life-threatening injuries to drivers and passengers in other cars.
If you were hurt by an aggressive driver, you may have had to spend time in the hospital. Even if you have been able to return home, it may still take months for you to recover from your injuries, or doctors may have told you that you most likely will never make a full recovery and be able to return to the life you had prior to the accident.
The medical bills and lost income may be causing severe financial strain. You may have used up most or all of your emergency fund to cover essentials, such as your mortgage or rent, and you may be worried that you will not be able to get by much longer.
The stress may be taking a toll on your marriage and your relationships with your children. Chronic pain, financial and emotional stress, and exhaustion may be making the situation seem unbearable.
A Chicago aggressive driving accident lawyer may be able to help. Ben Crump Law, PLLC, has represented car accident victims across the United States and helped them seek compensation for their personal injuries. Call our office at (800) 959-1444 to speak to a member of our staff.
Types of Aggressive Driving
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) associates aggressive driving with a range of actions that can endanger the lives of others on the road. Aggressive driving can take numerous forms, including speeding, tailgating, and weaving in and out of traffic. An aggressive driver may cut someone off, refuse to allow another vehicle to merge onto a road or highway, or use high beams to intentionally blind another motorist.
A driver who follows too close to another vehicle can cause a rear-end collision when the other motorist suddenly brakes. A motorist who weaves in and out of traffic can wreak havoc. Other drivers can be caught off guard and may be forced to swerve or may slam on their brakes to avoid a crash. That can put other motorists and their passengers in danger.
High beams are meant to be used on dark roads when it is difficult to see. They should not be used when another driver is approaching from the opposite direction since they can impair the other motorist’s vision. Nonetheless, some aggressive drivers use their high beams to deliberately cause another motorist to drive blind. That can put all motorists on the road at risk.
For a free legal consultation with a aggressive driving accidents lawyer serving Chicago, call (844) 638-1822
Differences between Aggressive Driving and Road Rage
A person may drive aggressively because of frustration or impatience. Sometimes, a driver behaves aggressively because of a specific circumstance, such as running late for work. A driver may speed because he or she is frustrated by congested traffic and wants to pass other vehicles and get to a destination as quickly as possible. In those cases, aggressive driving may be out of character for that individual.
Examples of road rage include purposefully hitting another vehicle or forcing another car off the road. Road rage incidents may include threats of violence or the actual use of violence.
An aggressive driver may have violated one or more traffic laws. That person may be given a ticket and may have to pay a fine. A driver who commits an act of road rage may face criminal charges.
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How a Chicago Aggressive Driving Accident Lawyer Can Help
If you were injured in a collision with an aggressive driver, the team at Ben Crump Law, PLLC, can investigate to find out what led to the accident. We can interview you and any witnesses and review the police report to learn about the other driver’s behavior.
If the person who was liable for the accident received a ticket, that may bolster your case and demonstrate that the driver acted aggressively and was negligent. In some instances, a driver habitually operates a vehicle in an aggressive manner. We may learn during our investigation that the driver who caused the collision has received a series of tickets for past episodes of aggressive driving.
We can file a personal injury lawsuit to seek compensation for your past and future medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering. If we are unable to negotiate a settlement that we believe would fairly compensate you for everything you have suffered and for what you will have to endure in the future because of the accident, we can take the case to trial.
Contact a Chicago Aggressive Driving Accident Lawyer
People who have been seriously injured in car accidents because of another person’s negligence sometimes do not seek legal counsel because they think they could not afford an attorney. You should not let worries about legal fees stop you from pursuing compensation. Ben Crump Law, PLLC, operates on contingency. If you hire us to represent you, you will not have to pay us any money unless we obtain compensation for you.
You do not have a lot of time to act. According to 735 ILCS 5/13-202, the statute of limitations to file a personal injury lawsuit in Illinois is two years. Investigating the circumstances that led to a motor vehicle accident is often a complex process. It may take our team several months to gather evidence, interview witnesses, review all the facts, figure out what happened, and build a case.
Contact Ben Crump Law, PLLC, today at (800) 959-1444 so we can get started as soon as possible.