If another driver’s road rage caused your accident or injuries, you have a legal right to hold them accountable. Doing so could allow you to recover a settlement for your related expenses. This includes medical treatments, time missed at work, and other losses. A Lafayette road rage accident lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm may be able to help you build a case and take the steps necessary so that you are justly compensated.
You can speak with a member of the road rage accident team at the Morris Bart law office serving Lafayette today by calling (337) 446-4571. We provide free accident reviews to injured victims and handle these cases on a contingency basis.
Common Consequences of Road Rage
When a driver becomes so angry that they lash out at others, drive aggressively, and engage in threatening behavior, they may commit acts of negligence on the road. Such actions can lead to serious accidents, catastrophic injuries, wrongful death, and significant legal issues.
Raging drivers may take more risks, and as such, they may put others at risk as well. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, some actions that can provoke a road rage incident may include:
- Offensive behavior
- Cutting off another driver
- Driving excessively slowly in the left lane
Many people only think of confrontations when they consider road rage, which is undoubtedly part of the problem. Shootings, assaults, and threats can also occur as a part of road rage incidents. However, aggressive driving and other dangerous driving behaviors also play a role.
The Insurance Information Institute (III) lists some of the negligent behaviors that may happen as a consequence of road rage, including:
- Following too closely
- Lane splitting or any other type of improper lane use
- Illegal passing, such as on the shoulder or median
- Passing when one cannot safely do so
- Failure to yield when another driver or pedestrian has the right of way
- Failure to obey traffic control devices
- Driving above the posted limit or too fast for conditions
- Slowing down dramatically and without reason
- Preventing other drivers from passing
- Making threatening hand signals or shouting
If you believe your accident stemmed from a road rage incident, you can discuss what you experienced with a lawyer. Many of the above actions could be used as evidence of negligence in your accident case.
A Lafayette road rage accident lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm may be able to demonstrate road rage, aggressive driving, or another offense and help you to hold the at-fault driver accountable. Call (337) 446-4571 to learn more.
For a free legal consultation with a Road Rage Accident lawyer serving Lafayette, call 800-537-8185
Recovering Losses in a Lafayette Road Rage Accident Case
If our team can demonstrate that a client suffered injuries and losses due to a road rage incident, we will develop a case to show the other driver’s negligence and liability. This will allow us to file a liability auto insurance claim or a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible driver.
Depending on the accident victim’s situation, the losses we could work to recover include:
- Medical treatment and care costs, as well as related expenses
- Current and future lost income and benefits
- Diminished earning capacity if they cannot go back to work
- Loss of services they previously performed for their family
- Property damages, including damage to their vehicle
- Rental car costs
- Documented out-of-pocket expenses
Some losses after an accident may be non-financial, but we may also be able to calculate them into your case value. Such losses include pain and suffering, reduced quality of life, mental distress, and more. Our attorneys can talk to you more about what may be considered part of your case value.
If a loved one passed away from their accident injuries, some qualifying family members may qualify to seek wrongful death damages. If this happened to you, contact our team and let us review the details of your loved one’s accident. We may be able to help you pursue a wrongful death action.
Act Quickly to File a Personal Injury Lawsuit
According to Louisiana Civil Code (CC) §3492, Louisiana law offers up to one year to file a lawsuit following a traffic accident. This is an important deadline we will need to abide by in your case.
We can often reach a settlement with the insurance company in a car accident; however, some cases will need to go to court to reach a fair settlement. If the deadline to file a lawsuit has passed, and we do not yet have a settlement, we may not be able to file a civil suit to protect your rights and pursue further legal action for your case.
If you have questions about your deadline to file, you can speak with an attorney at our office.
Speak to Morris Bart, LLC about Your Accident for Free
A Lafayette road rage accident lawyer from the Morris Bart law office serving Lafayette Parish may be able to assign liability and pursue compensation for the injuries and losses you suffered. When possible, we will hold the road rage driver accountable for their inexcusable and reckless behavior, seeking a financial recovery based on the losses you incurred.
We work on a contingency basis, meaning that you will not need to pay any fees up-front. We only get paid attorneys fees after we secure a settlement or financial award for your case. We have attorneys in 15 locations serving accident victims in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi.
Call (337) 446-4571 now for your complimentary consultation with someone in our Lafayette law office.
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