Aggressive Driving Accidents
Many drivers are eager to get to their destinations and drive faster than the posted speed limit or weave in and out of traffic in an attempt to make quicker time. What starts as impatience unfortunately often develops into hostility, however, and drivers who operate their vehicles in a hostile or belligerent manner frequently cause collisions. Aggressive driving accidents tend to cause significant injuries that are painful and require expensive medical care. Anyone hurt in a collision caused by a dangerous driver should speak to a lawyer to determine the compensation that may be recoverable. The knowledgeable Roswell car accident lawyers at Don Turner Legal Team have ample experience proving that drivers should be held liable for the harm that they cause. If you were hurt in an aggressive driving accident, we will work tirelessly to help you protect your interests.Aggressive Driving Under Georgia Law
Aggressive drivers tend to tailgate other vehicles, make sudden lane changes, speed, and attempt to drive other motorists off the road. Aggressive driving is dangerous and frequently causes serious collisions, and therefore it has been specifically outlawed by the state legislature. Georgia’s motor vehicle code defines aggressive driving as operating a motor vehicle with the intent to injure, obstruct, harass, annoy, or intimidate another person. This includes but is not limited to driving too closely behind another car, driving outside a lane of traffic, failing to use a turn signal, impeding the flow of traffic, or engaging in reckless driving with such intent.Pursuing Claims for an Aggressive Driving Accident
Aggressive drivers who cause collisions often receive traffic citations. Thus, anyone injured in an accident caused by a reckless driver may be able to pursue negligence per se claims against the driver in a civil lawsuit. Essentially, a negligence per se claim alleges that a violation of a statute, such as a motor vehicle law, constitutes negligence as a matter of law.
A plaintiff in a car accident case will typically allege a standard negligence claim against the defendant as well. Negligence can be asserted regardless of whether the defendant violated a statute. To establish a defendant’s negligence, a plaintiff and their attorney must show that the defendant owed the plaintiff a duty, which is generally the obligation to exercise the care that a reasonable person would use under the circumstances. The plaintiff must then prove that the defendant’s actions constituted a departure from the duty owed. Finally, the plaintiff must produce evidence that demonstrates that the defendant’s breach of the duty owed proximately caused the plaintiff to suffer quantifiable losses. In other words, the accident would not have occurred absent the defendant’s breach.
A plaintiff who proves that a defendant’s aggressive driving caused an accident may be awarded the cost of any medical treatment, out-of-pocket expenses, and lost wages. In many instances, a large portion of the damages awarded to a plaintiff in a car accident case will consist of compensation for the mental anguish, suffering, and emotional trauma endured due to the accident and the injuries that the plaintiff sustained.Speak to an Experienced Roswell Attorney After a Car Crash
Aggressive drivers have no regard for other people on the road, and they should be required to pay for any losses caused by their reckless actions. If you sustained injuries in an aggressive driving accident, you may be owed many types of damages, and it is in your best interest to speak to a lawyer. At Don Turner Legal Team, our car accident attorneys possess the knowledge and experience required to pursue a favorable outcome. We frequently represent people hurt in aggressive driving accidents in cases in Roswell, Atlanta, McDonough, and elsewhere in Georgia, including in Fulton, DeKalb, Cobb, Gwinnett, Clarke, Cherokee, Douglas, Forsyth, Greene, Hall, Henry, Richmond, and Rockdale Counties. You can reach us through our online form or at (770) 594-1777 to set up a consultation.