Road rage and aggressive driving are factors in many accidents every year in Rhode Island, some of which have led to serious injuries and wrongful death. The American Safety Council estimates that aggressive driving plays a role in 66 percent of all traffic fatalities, and 37 percent of aggressive driving incidents involve a firearm.
If you have been a victim of a car accident caused by road rage or aggressive driving, the Rhode Island car accident lawyers at Marasco & Nesselbush understand the trauma you are going through and we want to help. Our experience and understanding of Rhode Island law have allowed us to obtain exceptional results for victims of road rage.
Our lawyers are committed to securing just compensation for clients to allow them to move beyond devastating injuries and losses. To request a free, confidential case consultation, call us now or fill out our online contact form.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines aggressive driving as “when individuals commit a combination of moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or property.” It also can be defined as “the operation of a motor vehicle involving three or more moving violations as part of a single continuous sequence of driving acts, which is likely to endanger any person or property.”
Aggressive driving can easily escalate into an incident of road rage that can endanger the lives of everyone involved. Road rage is defined by NHTSA as “an assault with a motor vehicle or other dangerous weapon by the operator or passenger(s) of another motor vehicle or an assault precipitated by an incident that occurred on the roadway.” It also states that road rage involves “the willful and wanton disregard for the safety of others.”
Examples of aggressive driving and road rage include:
- Repeatedly darting from one lane to another
- “Cutting off” other vehicles
- Excessive speeding
- Swerving or braking to block other vehicles
- Passing illegally (such as on the shoulder or crossing a double line)
- Braking to make a tailgater mad (sometimes called “brake checking”)
- Road racing
- Failure to signal turns or lane changes
- Flashing headlights and using the horn to excess
- Making obscene gestures and verbal insults
- Confrontational body language
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WHAT ROAD RAGE CRASH VICTIMS SHOULD DO AT THE SCENE
ASSAULT IS DEFINED AS A THREAT THAT PLACES YOU IN FEAR OF BEING HARMED. BATTERY IS DEFINED AS HARMFUL OR OFFENSIVE CONTACT WITHOUT CONSENT. SOME EXAMPLES OF BATTERY INCLUDE:
- Another driver gets out of his or her car and hits your car.
- Another driver intentionally rams his or her vehicle into yours.
- Another driver gets out of his or her car and strikes you.
PROVING ROAD RAGE CAUSED YOUR CRASH
Our personal injury attorneys can further investigate the accident for evidence that another driver’s road rage or aggressive driving was responsible for your injuries. We frequently work with independent investigators, accident reconstruction specialists and other experts to determine the true cause of a car accident.
Witness statements, security video, skid marks, vehicle damage and other types of evidence may help establish that another driver’s road rage or aggressive driving caused the accident that resulted in your injuries. A thorough analysis of your case should be undertaken as early as possible before evidence and witnesses fade away.
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Don’t allow another driver’s malicious and negligent actions leave you with unpaid medical bills and lost wages due to your injuries. Let our attorneys assist you in holding the responsible party accountable for his or her actions.
Marasco & Nesselbush can help you get the compensation you need for your losses. We have successfully resolved many cases in which road rage and aggressive driving have permanently altered the lives of innocent people. We are proud of our track record of extraordinary legal results for car accident victims in Rhode Island.
Marasco & Nesselbush is committed to securing just compensation for clients to allow them to move beyond devastating injuries and losses. To request a free, confidential case consultation, call us now or fill out our online contact form.