Aggressive driving, or “road rage”, can lead to serious car accidents leaving people injured or even killed. If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a car accident caused by aggressive driving, you can seek compensation for the costs resulting from the accident.
A Baton Rouge aggressive driving accident lawyer can help you explore your legal options. Call Morris Bart’s Baton Rouge office today at (225) 341-5694 for a free case assessment.
Should You Get a Lawyer for an Aggressive Driving Accident?
When drivers take out their frustration by driving unsafely, people can be hurt or killed. For this reason, you should definitely consider hiring a lawyer to help you hold them accountable for their actions. Insurance companies tend to take people more seriously when they have a lawyer by their side.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that some of the most common factors contributing to aggressive driving include running late, heavy traffic, disregard for the law, and a lack of care for safety. None of these reasons, however, excuse someone from causing an accident with you.
Your Right to Compensation After an Aggressive Driving Accident
Our experienced team of Baton Rouge car accident lawyers at Morris Bart can help you file a claim with the other driver’s insurance company and pursue compensation for the costs you sustained in the accident.
You may be entitled to compensation for:
- Current and future medical expenses, including costs from emergency room care, ambulance transportation, hospitalization, physician and specialist care, and medication
- Past and future lost income
- Impairment to your earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Damage to your vehicle and other personal property
Compensation for the Loss of a Loved One
If you have lost a loved one in an accident caused by aggressive driving, you may be able to bring a wrongful death claim against the negligent driver.
Louisiana Civil Code (CC) §2315.2 allows certain family members to bring a wrongful death action and seek compensation for their loss. Of course, financial compensation cannot offset the pain caused by the tragic death of a loved one. But it can help you manage the financial burden resulting from your loved one’s passing.
Compensation in a wrongful death claim can include:
- Burial and funeral expenses
- Medical expenses
- Your loved one’s lost wages and benefits
- Your loved one’s pain and suffering
- The loss of your loved one’s companionship
For a free legal consultation with a Aggressive Driving Accident lawyer serving Baton Rouge, call 800-537-8185
Filing a Claim Involving an Uninsured Driver
Car insurance is mandatory in Louisiana. If you were in an accident caused by an uninsured aggressive driver, you may be assuming you have to cover your accident costs on your own.
However, under Louisiana Revised Statutes (RS) §22:1295, you may still be able to recover compensation by filing a claim with your own insurance company if you have uninsured motorist coverage.
Dealing with an insurance company after a serious accident can be tedious and complicated. The Morris Bart law firm can help you with the claims process. Call (225) 341-5694 for a free consultation.
Proving Your Claim to Recover Damages
To win your accident claim and recover compensation, your attorney will need to demonstrate four main elements:
- The driver owed a duty of care to drive lawfully and safely.
- The driver failed to uphold this duty by driving dangerously.
- The driver’s aggressive driving led to your injuries or your loved one’s death.
- You or your loved one suffered damages as a result of the accident.
Evidence in an Aggressive Driving Accident
To recover compensation for an accident caused by aggressive driving, you need evidence to prove the other driver was at fault. A Morris Bart lawyer can assist you by gathering evidence that demonstrates the at-fault party’s negligence, including:
- Police reports
- Photos and videos of the accident scene
- Videos from security cameras, red-light cameras, or dash cameras
- Expert testimony from accident reconstructionists, police officers, and other professionals
- Eyewitness statements
Valuing Your Damages
We can help you identify and calculate all the damages you sustained in your accident. Many people are not aware of all of the types of compensation available to them, so they settle for less than they deserve.
We can estimate the value of your case, then pursue the compensation you need to cover all of your expenses – past, present, and future – related to the accident. We will also use expert testimony from medical professionals and your medical records to demonstrate the extent of your damages.
Contact Morris Bart’s Baton Rouge Team for Help Today
If you or a loved one were hurt in an accident involving aggressive driving or road rage, contact a Baton Rouge aggressive driving accident lawyer for help pursuing financial compensation. The statute of limitations for personal injury claims under CC §3492 is only one year, so don’t delay. Call our office today at (225) 341-5694 for your free consultation.
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