Sharing the road with an aggressive driver can be intimidating, and getting into an accident as a result of their aggressive behavior can be very scary for reasons that go beyond the accident itself, and make you fear for your safety because of the driver themselves. After you are in an accident with an aggressive driver, it is important that you prioritize your safety and the safety of your passengers. This may mean staying in the vehicle until a police officer has arrived. It is highly recommended that, if possible, you or one of your passengers speaks directly with a 911 agent and let them know that you were in an accident with an aggressive driver and let them advise you on how to handle the situation.
Read more about how we will calculate the damages that we believe you deserve after an accident in San Diego resulting from aggressive driving. There are many different factors that will need to be considered, each of which will contribute towards the final amount that we will seek either through direct negotiations with the driver’s insurance company or if necessary in a full trial in the San Diego Superior Court.
Contact us as soon as possible for your free initial consultation, where you will be able to discuss your situation with an experienced personal injury attorney in San Diego, learn about our history of successes representing other victims of aggressive driving accidents, and get advice on how we would suggest that you proceed in order to maximize your ability to get the compensation that you deserve.
What Is Aggressive Driving?
According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, some examples of aggressive driving include passing on the right, blocking passing lanes, tailgating, flashing high beams, motioning to other drivers angrily, or even attempting to run other drivers off of the road. Aggressive driving is more commonly referred to as “road rage,” and can end in serious, dangerous situations such as fights, accidents, and even death.
Some of the best ways to avoid inciting another driver to road rage include staying out of the passing lane unless you are passing, refraining from making gestures at other drivers even if you are unhappy about their driving, and using your blinkers every time you intend to take a turn. While there is no guaranteed way to control other drivers’ behaviors and actions, these are just a few different ways that you can help to make the road a safer place for everyone.
How Much Is an Aggressive Driving Lawsuit Worth?
As with any other accident, the amount that you get for a settlement depends on the amount awarded in a personal injury lawsuit, or the amount that you are able to negotiate directly with an insurance company. With the help of an experienced car accident attorney or personal injury lawyer in San Diego, you will have the best chances of getting the amount that you rightfully deserve. Damages are divided into two different types, economic and non-economic, and each cover a different aspect of your claim.
Economic damages include everything that actually has an expense or cost associated with it as a measurable dollar value. This includes things like medical bills, surgical costs, physical therapy expenses, and other costs directly associated with your injury and recovery. In addition, they seek to compensate the victim for things like lost wages from the time that they missed from work while recovering, and in some cases a reduced earning capacity or disability if their injuries impact their long-term ability to work. Economic damages are first paid to the insurance company in order to reimburse them for any payments related to medical expenses and personal property costs.
Non-economic damages are more complicated to quantify than economic damages because they do not come with set dollar values or measurable invoices. They include things like the pain and suffering that a victim suffers when they are injured in a car accident, as well as depression, diminished quality of life, inability to pursue interests, and more. As you can imagine, these types of impacts are difficult to determine an initial dollar value for them.
Our attorneys work aggressively to identify every possible factor that will seek to inform the amount of money we believe that they deserve for their non-economic damages. Once these factors have been identified, they will be included in the overall list of impacts and costs that the victim has incurred as a way to bring these abstract damages into actual economic terms.
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It is never too soon after an accident to begin working with a personal injury attorney in San Diego. We will be able to take over all of the administrative work that is required of you while you are able to focus on recovery, and you can be confident that there is an experienced legal team making certain that your chances of a fair award are being maximized. It is proven that stress has a strong negative impact on recovery from physical wounds, so it is our top priority to reduce your stress while working on your case.