If you drive, you have probably encountered an aggressive driver at some point. Drivers like this often speed, follow too closely, cut off others, or ignore traffic signals. Unfortunately, these behaviors aren’t just annoying – in fact, aggressive drivers contribute to almost 56% of all fatal vehicle accidents.
When you are involved in an accident with an aggressive driver, experience damage to your personal property, or an injury, the individual should be held responsible for their actions. At Fetterman & Associates, our team of West Palm Beach attorneys has years of experience dealing with claims against aggressive drivers. We can help protect your rights and ensure you get the compensation you deserve.
Potential Causes of Aggressive Driving in West Palm Beach
Few people do not really understand what aggressive driving is. It is not the same thing as road rage. Instead, it is a style of driving that is intentionally risky. Some of the most common charges for aggressive driving come from the following actions:
- Weaving in and out of traffic
- Excessive speeding
- Not allowing someone to merge who has the right of way
- Running red lights
- Cutting off other drivers
- Tailgating drivers
- Illegally passing cars
- Failing to signal when changing lanes
Not only is the behavior dangerous for the person driving and everyone in their vehicle, but it can also impact the lives of other drivers and pedestrians.
Unfortunately, people cite many excuses for their reckless actions. Some of the top causes of this type of dangerous driving include:
- Road rage
- Running late
- Being under the influence of drugs or alcohol
Common Accidents Caused by Aggressive Driving in West Palm Beach
Aggressive drivers are the main reason for many personal injuries and accident claims each year. Some of the most common types of accidents that occur because of aggressive driving include:
- Multi-vehicle accidents
- Head-on collisions
- Rollover accidents
- Rear-end collisions
- Side impact collisions
Every West Palm Beach accident that is caused by aggressive driving has the possibility of causing severe injuries and extensive property damage. Because of this, you must contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as you can.
Proving Aggressive Driving Caused an Accident in West Palm Beach
If your goal is to recover financial compensation (beyond what your personal injury protection limit is), after an accident, you have to gather evidence and prove fault. There are a few ways our lawyers can prove the driver who caused the accident was driving aggressively.
Some options include traffic camera footage, phone records, witness testimony, and skid marks. Keep in mind that the specific evidence we can use for your case depends on the circumstances involved. To ensure adequate evidence is collected, you must get in touch right away.
With our help, we will prove the following occurred in your accident:
- Duty of care. Anytime someone drives, they have a duty of care to others on the road.
- Breached the duty of care. If someone drives aggressively, it means they have breached this duty of care.
- The breach resulted in your injuries. Our team will prove the injuries were caused by the accident.
- Your injuries resulted in damages. Injuries that occur because of your accident cause damages, which is what you can recover compensation for. We will work to show a correlation between the two and file a claim for these damages on your behalf.
Potential Types of Compensation from Aggressive Drivers
Recovering compensation from an aggressive driver can be tricky. However, with the help of our team, you will find that we will consider the following types of damages and determine what applies to your case.
- Psychological and emotional harms
- Wage loss
- Inability to live a normal life
- Pain and suffering damages
- Compensation for permanent injuries
- Disfigurement and scarring
- Out of pocket costs
- Future medical bills
Each case is unique, which is why our team will consider the specifics of your situation to determine what type of compensation you can receive.
Potential Issues with Insurance Companies in Aggressive Driving Cases
One of the main reasons it is so important for you to get in touch with our team as soon as your accident occurs is to help protect you from the insurance companies.
Since Florida is a no-fault state, you must deal with your insurance company and the at-fault driver’s insurance company. Our team can handle this process for you.
Remember, every insurance company, no matter how much they seem to care, is still in the business of making money. Because of this, they are always searching for a way to protect their bottom line. In most cases, this means not paying you or paying you as little as possible for your injuries and damages.
Protect Yourself With an Experienced West Palm Beach Car Accident Attorney
To ensure you get the compensation you deserve, contact our team at Fetterman & Associates by calling 561-845-2510 as soon as you can after an accident. Our goal is to protect your rights and help you receive the compensation you deserve.