What Happens If My Car Accident Was Caused By Road Rage?
Aggressive driving has become an unfortunately common cause of car accidents in the state of Georgia. According to a study conducted by the Foundation for Traffic Safety, up to 56 percent of all fatal accidents are related to road rage. In other words, road rage can have deadly consequences.
If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident involving road rage, you may be unsure of how to proceed. Fortunately, our personal injury lawyers at Prieto, Marigliano, Holbert & Prieto, LLC can help you file your insurance claim. We have the experience and knowledge you need to get you the compensation you deserve.
Defining Road Rage
The state of Georgia defines road rage in broad terms. Any behavior that a driver uses to intimidate, harass, or annoy another driver can be considered aggressive driving under state law. Anyone convicted of engaging in road rage can be found guilty of a misdemeanor.
There are several types of behavior that can be considered road rage. These include:
- Ignoring traffic signals and signs
- Weaving in and out of traffic
More broadly, any action that intentionally puts another driver in danger can be considered aggressive driving under Georgia law. However, at Prieto, Marigliano, Holbert & Prieto, LLC, we know that sometimes a situation is not what it looks like on the surface. We can help you properly present your side of the story and avoid your incurring unnecessary penalties.
Insurance Coverage For Road Rage
You might think that insurance companies are expected to pay out for every collision, but this is not actually true. For an insurance company to cover a car accident, it must be accidental.
This means that typical liability insurance may not cover a car crash that results from road rage. If one driver intentionally crashes into another driver because of aggressive driving, then the at-fault driver’s insurance will not cover the crash. However, in this scenario, the victim may still be able to obtain compensation from his or her insurance company if they purchased a policy that covers uninsured drivers.
When Road Rage Occurs Outside the Vehicle
The protection provided by insurance companies extends to drivers whether they are in their vehicles or not. For instance, a driver who steps out of his car and is then injured by someone driving aggressively can still file a claim.
However, it should be noted that insurance may not cover all the damages that can arise from a road rage incident. For instance, if you step out of your vehicle and engage in a fist fight with the other driver, then your insurance policy is not likely to cover your injuries.
However, should your matter go to court, a traffic lawyer can help the court understand just how liable the other driver was for your injuries.
Compensation for Road Rage Accidents
Under Georgia law, aggressive driving is defined as negligent or reckless driving. Drivers who engage in negligent driving can be held liable for the damages they inflict. This means that you can sue a reckless driver for medical expenses, lost wages, and any emotional suffering that arises from the accident they caused.
In addition, if road rage leads to a fatality, the responsible driver may be held liable for the victim’s wrongful death, in addition to the accident itself. The family of the victim can sue for medical expenses, funeral costs, and emotional distress caused by the other driver’s negligent actions.
The compensation available to you depends on several factors. An experienced personal injury lawyer can guide you through the process of figuring out what you claim.
Victim of Road Rage? We Can Help!
Road rage is a very serious problem in this country – so serious, in fact, that it is often fatal. Aggressive drivers should not be allowed to get away with terrorizing other drivers – especially to the point where they cause injury or destruction of property.
If you have been injured in a car accident that resulted from road rage, Prieto, Marigliano, Holbert & Prieto, LLC can help. Call us at (855) 329-7144, or fill out our contact form on the right. You will be connected to one of our expert lawyers, who can then work with you to obtain the maximum compensation for your damages.
Your initial consultation comes with no obligation or fee. That is correct – we do not collect a fee unless we win your case. You have nothing to lose, so reach out to us today, and let’s get started!