Most people experience the frightening situation of dealing with an aggressive driver on the road. Sometimes, in these situations, an aggressive driver causes a collision. If one of these hazardous drivers caused you to get hurt, a Greenville aggressive driving accident lawyer at Hammack Law Firm can help you hold the at-fault driver responsible for your losses.
We treat our clients like friends and family. We deliver a small firm feel with a large firm experience.
Please do not wait too long to call us. Insurance companies will try to get you to quickly settle your case for pennies on the dollar before you fully recover. Don’t sign anything until you have discussed your case with an attorney. Our state imposes a short limit on the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit seeking compensation for your injuries, per S.C. Ann. § 15-3-530. If you miss the deadline, you can lose the right to go after monetary damages. You can call us today at (864) 326-3333 for a free consultation. There is no obligation.
An Overview of Aggressive Driving
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), aggressive driving is when someone drives in a way that “endangers or is likely to endanger persons or property.” A person can get a ticket for aggressive driving but could face criminal charges if the incident escalates into road rage.
Examples of aggressive driving include:
- Weaving in and out of lanes
- Following too closely
- Excessively speeding
- Running stop signs and stop lights
- Honking, yelling, and gesturing
- Cutting in front of another car and slamming on the brakes
When a driver’s behavior turns violent, their conduct puts everyone around them at risk of harm.
Three Things to Do After an Aggressive Driving Accident in Greenville
Our team hopes that you have already sought medical care for your injuries. If not, you should get professional treatment for your condition right away. Your medical records will be vital evidence that connects your injuries to the accident.
After being hurt in a collision, you should consider:
- Talking to a lawyer. The at-fault driver’s insurance company will likely have a team of claims adjusters and investigators that will try to pay you less money than you deserve. You do not have to battle them on your own. An attorney can negotiate directly with the insurer on your behalf and file a lawsuit if appropriate.
- Taking prompt action. There is a time limit for filing a personal injury lawsuit. If you miss the deadline, you can lose the right to recover damages from the at-fault driver and their insurer.
- Avoiding social media. The insurer may view your social media profiles after you file a claim. Until your case gets resolved, you should not post anything about the accident to Facebook, Instagram, or your other accounts. Even posting an innocent photo, like of a family celebration, can backfire because the insurer might accuse you of exaggerating your injuries.
Be sure to talk with your lawyer about these and other pitfalls to avoid during your personal injury claim.
How We Prove Who Is Responsible for Your Losses
We cannot automatically pursue compensation from a negligent driver. We must use the evidence present in your case to determine how their conduct resulted in your losses.
The American Bar Association says that we have to establish all four of these factors to hold a careless party liable for your injuries:
- Duty of care. We must prove that the at-fault party owed you a duty of care. All drivers have an obligation to operate their vehicles with caution and obey traffic laws.
- Breach of duty of care. We must establish that the at-fault party’s conduct did not measure up to the legal standard. Let’s say that a driver tailgated you. This practice would constitute a breach of duty of care since the action put you at risk of harm.
- Causation. Your lawyer must prove that the liable party’s actions resulted in the collision that injured you. Going back to the previous example, if the other motorist’s tailgating caused a rear-end collision, your lawyer must prove that their aggressive driving caused the crash.
- Quantifiable damages. You must have measurable losses to proceed with a personal injury claim. The costs associated with treating your injuries qualify as quantifiable damages.
We understand that these legal concepts can be a bit overwhelming, but you do not have to learn the law to go after compensation for your losses. A Greenville aggressive driving accident lawyer at Hammack Law Firm can help you hold the reckless at-fault driver financially responsible. You can call us today at (864) 326-3333 for a no-cost case evaluation.
Damages in Aggressive Driving Accidents
The damages you can get from an aggressive driving accident will depend on the facts of your situation. Every case is different. A person with catastrophic injuries usually receives more compensation than a person who suffered minor harm.
Here are some of the types of damages we have won for our clients:
- Lost income. This damage accounts for the money you did not get paid while you were out of work recuperating from your injuries. Lost wages, salary, self-employment, and other forms of regular income count as lost income.
- Diminished earning capacity. Some people have to take a lower-paying job or work fewer hours because of their injuries. You may be able to recover compensation for any differences in earning capacity caused by your injuries.
- Medical bills. You can usually recover the reasonable cost of the medical treatment you needed to treat your condition.
- Long-term care. When a person suffers catastrophic harm, they might need ongoing daily help with medical and personal care. This cost can be added to the value of your damages.
- Medical equipment. This category encompasses things like wheelchairs, crutches, lift equipment, and adapted vehicles.
- Pain and suffering. These damages are for the physical discomfort and emotional distress of the accident and your injuries.
We can explore the full extent of your losses regarding your claim or personal injury lawsuit.
A Lawyer Can Help with Your Greenville Aggressive Driving Injury Case
A Greenville aggressive driving accident lawyer at Hammack Law Firm can take care of your injury case so that you can focus on getting better. You do not have to pay upfront legal fees to get our help. We encourage you to review our client testimonials on Google and our firm’s website.
You can call us today at (864) 326-3333 to get started.