Aggressive Driving Accidents
Being in a car accident can be terribly stressful at best, and lead to life-altering injuries or fatalities at worst. Although we all make mistakes from time to time, it can be difficult to understand why some motorists willingly choose to engage in aggressive driving activities that clearly put other motorists and pedestrians at risk. There are many different reasons why some drivers engage in this kind of behavior, but none of them are justifiable reasons. Aggressive driving accidents can lead to some of the most gruesome and life-altering collisions, including those causing fatalities, because they often happen at high speeds or create chain reaction accidents that involve multiple vehicles. If you have suffered injuries or lost a loved one due to another’s aggressive or negligent driving, a skilled Massachusetts car accident attorney can help you determine your options for seeking compensation.Reckless and Dangerous Driving in Massachusetts
Aggressive driving and accidents that happen as the result of road rage are an unfortunate occurrence on US highways. Under Massachusetts law, reckless driving is considered a criminal offense. It is defined as operating a vehicle in a reckless manner that would likely cause bodily injury or death to another person.
Major metropolitan centers as well as more rural attractions throughout the state are home to countless individuals and host many tourists and business travelers each year. This can lead to traffic congestion and other hold-ups on the roadways. When drivers can’t keep their cool, they often resort to aggressive driving tactics such as speeding, tailgating, changing lanes excessively in order to get ahead, intentionally slamming on the brakes in front of another car, and cutting off other drivers. All of these actions put motorists at serious risk of suffering harm, especially if the aggressive driver is also engaged in distracted driving activities like texting or talking on the phone. Some reckless drivers also become confrontational and may instigate arguments or make aggressive gestures towards other motorists in an attempt to incite them, including shouting and honking.Seek Compensation for Your Injuries
If you were injured by a reckless driver, then you can bring a personal injury lawsuit to recover compensation for your injuries and the expenses that are directly associated with the crash. The first thing to do after an accident is to obtain prompt medical treatment to ensure that you are cared for while also creating a record of the injuries you sustained. It is also important to obtain contact information for any eyewitnesses who might be able to testify about the defendant’s reckless driving and conduct.
In the lawsuit, you will need to show that the defendant failed to drive with the same reasonable care and skill that a prudent driver would use when faced with a similar situation. This includes obeying traffic laws, driving the speed limit, yielding the right-of-way, and refraining from aggressive or reckless driving that puts others at risk. Obtaining a copy of any police reports prepared regarding the crash is usually a good way to establish that the defendant was engaged in some type of negligent driving. A knowledgeable accident lawyer can help you in gathering evidence to support your claims.
If you can show that the other driver operated his or her vehicle negligently and that you were injured as the direct result, you will be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Keeping diligent records of your expenses is an important step in ensuring that you receive the full amount of compensation that you deserve. Massachusetts allows a prevailing plaintiff to receive compensation for many categories of damages including past and future estimated medical bills, lost wages, reduced earning capacity, and pain and suffering.Meet with a Committed Car Accident Attorney in Massachusetts
Aggressive driving accidents are some of the most frustrating types of motor vehicle crashes because of the aggressive driver’s intentional and disrespectful behavior toward other drivers. If you were injured or lost a loved one as a result of someone’s reckless driving, you may be entitled to compensation. A seasoned injury lawyer at our Massachusetts firm can provide you with the responsive and diligent legal counsel that you deserve and assist you with seeking to hold a reckless driver responsible. Our team has served victims and their families in the areas around Boston, Cambridge, Lowell, Newton, Waltham, Somerville, Dedham, Quincy, Norwood, Brookline, and Peabody. To schedule your free consultation call us at 1-800-262-9200 or contact us online.