Grand Junction Aggressive Driver Victim Attorneys
Drivers are often warned about getting behind the wheel drunk, but rarely are they warned about getting behind the wheel angry. The truth is, aggressive drivers can be just as dangerous as intoxicated or fatigued ones. Aggressive drivers often speed, tailgate, and make wildly unsafe decisions. Those who have been victimized by these drivers know exactly how devastating such collisions can be.
We at Peters & Nolan, LLC, have worked with countless car accident victims over the years, many of whom were injured by aggressive drivers who made reckless decisions. That is why we make it our mission to help them get the compensation they deserve. To begin the process of working with our team, call us at (970) 243-4357 today.
The road can be overwhelming at times, with multiple traffic lights, crossing lanes, and blaring horns. Staying calm and focused is the best way for a driver to ensure that he follows the rules of the road and keeps other drivers safe from harm. Drivers who allow themselves to become angry do anything but.
Aggressive driving is commonly known as road rage. This aggression leads the driver to make dangerous and rash decisions, and even break traffic laws. Aggressive drivers are not hard to spot. Usually, you can tell a driver is experiencing road rage when:
- The driver speeds
- The driver tailgates
- The driver excessively honks the horn
- The driver fails to properly signal a lane change or turn
- The driver weaves in and out of traffic
- The driver yells, insults, or makes rude gestures at other drivers
All drivers have a duty of care toward others on the road. This means that a driver is legally bound to keep other people as safe as is reasonably possible. That is, they must follow traffic laws, and drive in a safe and cautious way. Aggressive drivers often break this duty of care, leading to serious collisions.
Aggressive drivers are not just dangerous because they break the law. They are also dangerous because they often speed, weave between traffic, and tailgate. Raging drivers often cause high-speed collisions, and rarely brake in time to minimize the damage of the accident. The more speed going into a collision, the greater the force of the impact will be. That is why braking, even when you are unable to fully stop in time, is incredibly important. The slower you can make your car go, the less damage will be done during the collision.
Aggressive drivers are so caught up in their rage that they rarely hit the brakes when they should, and cause a catastrophic, potentially even fatal, accident. Victims may suffer life-altering injuries such as:
- Broken bones
- Eye damage
- Road rash
- Severe burns
- Brain damage
- Spinal cord injuries
- Internal bleeding
- Deep lacerations
- Organ damage
- Traumatic amputation
If you have been unfortunate enough to become the victim of an aggressive driver, then you are likely suffering from serious injuries. It will take time to heal. During that time, you will have to make several hospital visits, face multiple surgeries, and spend several weeks, if not months, with a physical therapist. Meanwhile, your injuries will leave you unable to work, meaning you may not be able to pay for all of that treatment. It is unfair for you to be left with the financial burden for an accident that was not your fault. Thankfully, there are ways to ensure that you are compensated.
Aggressive drivers are responsible for the collisions they cause. There is no way around that. That means you are within your rights to file a claim against the aggressive driver who crashed into you. When you file a claim, you can ask for the damages you experienced as a result of the accident, both economic and non-economic. In most claims you can recover:
- Medical bills
- Physical therapy costs
- Therapy costs
- Lost wages
- Lowered quality of life
- Loss of enjoyment
- Emotional trauma
- Pain and suffering
It is important to note that in Colorado, aggressive driving can be considered a crime. Both “careless driving” and “reckless driving” are crimes that carry serious penalties, from several months to over a year in jail and hefty fines. While this is meant to keep our roads safer, it does mean that aggressive drivers are prone to fleeing the scenes of collisions, performing hit-and-runs. A hit-and-run can impact your ability to file a claim, but it does not mean that getting compensation is impossible. To find out what your options are, you need to speak with a skilled Grand Junction attorney.
Aggressive drivers are, frankly, a menace on the roadways. They pose a serious threat to other drivers, passengers, and pedestrians. If you have been hurt by an aggressive driver, then you deserve compensation. Getting that compensation, however, will require an experienced car accident attorney who can fight for your rights. We at Peters & Nolan, LLC, are just the team you need. To tell us about your case, dial (970) 243-4357 today.
Peters & Nolan, LLC is your ideal source for high quality legal representation throughout the state of Colorado. Known for being personable and responsive, attorneys Andrew J. Peters and Andrew Nolan are aggressive trial lawyers with an excellent record of trying and settling cases in criminal defense, DUI/DWAI and personal injury.