Aggressive Driving Accidents
Aggressive driving is one of the biggest dangers facing motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians. Also categorized as reckless driving, there are many different examples of aggressive driving, but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines it as committing a combination of traffic law violations that results in the endangerment of other persons or property in the vicinity. At Breakstone, White & Gluck, our Boston car accident lawyers have seen far too many innocent people injured because of a reckless driver’s decision to disregard the law and to put everyone around them at risk. Having served victims and their families throughout Massachusetts, we know what it takes to bring a successful claim against a driver who caused an aggressive driving accident and how to negotiate with insurance companies that are reluctant to make fair payments.Claims Based on Aggressive Driving Accidents
Massachusetts takes a strong stance against reckless driving, defining it as the operation of a vehicle on a public roadway in a reckless manner. Some typical forms of aggressive driving include speeding, tailgating other vehicles, engaging in unsafe lane changes, or failing to yield the right of way. A driver may also act aggressively by honking, gesturing, or yelling at other drivers or pedestrians. In some cases, the driver may be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, causing them to use poor judgment and make inappropriate decisions behind the wheel.
To recover compensation from an aggressive driver, you can file a negligence action against them, which requires you to show that the driver failed to use reasonable and appropriate care in the operation of their vehicle. This standard has been developed over time and generally requires drivers to obey traffic laws, to pay attention to the roadway, and to adjust their speed and driving based on the current circumstances, such as severe weather, heavy traffic, or roadway debris. According to Massachusetts law, traffic violations can be used as evidence to show that the defendant was operating their vehicle negligently at the time of the crash.
After showing that the defendant failed to use due care behind the wheel, the plaintiff must draw a connection between this failure and the injuries that they sustained. This is known as causation. Establishing causation can be difficult, but sometimes experts like an accident reconstructionist are useful to recreate the accident and help explain to the jury how the defendant caused it to occur. When it comes to aggressive driving accidents, the injuries and damages are often severe, especially if the accident happened at a high speed. The victim may suffer many forms of injuries, such as broken bones, concussions, spinal cord injuries, and burns. In the unfortunate event that a victim loses their life as a result of the crash, Massachusetts allows their surviving heirs to bring a wrongful death claim against the defendant, seeking compensation for the loss of their loved one.
The last phase of the case will require you to submit evidence quantifying the amount of compensation that you have requested in the lawsuit. This can include medical bills and lost wages, as well as future anticipated expenses like ongoing medical care or reduced earning capacity. An experienced car accident lawyer can assist you with reviewing your claim and ensuring that you seek the full amount of compensation that you deserve.Retain a Knowledgeable Boston Attorney for Your Car Accident Case
Being involved in a car accident is one of the most stressful and potentially life-changing events that a person can encounter. No matter your situation, you deserve a knowledgeable and tenacious attorney at your side throughout the legal process. Proudly representing victims in Boston, Cambridge, Waltham, Lowell, Newton, Somerville, Quincy, Dedham, Norwood, Brookline, Attleboro, Barnstable, Brockton, Plymouth, Worcester, Lawrence, and Springfield, we offer a free consultation to help you learn about your legal options and how we may be able to assist you in recovering compensation. Call us now at 1-800-379-1244 or contact us online to set up your appointment.