Aggressive Driving Accident Lawyer
Aggressive driving includes conduct that places other people or property in danger. Nationally, aggressive driving remains a significant cause of vehicle accidents. Speeding, tailgating, failing to signal, or making obscene gestures in traffic may be described as aggressive driving. This type of driving behavior can result in tragedy if it causes a crash and may lead to “road rage,” which is a more exaggerated form of aggressive driving.
Bringing a lawsuit against a driver provides a means to recover damages for harm suffered in aggressive driving accidents in Washington, DC. Washington, D.C., car accident attorney Roger Gelb advocates on behalf of crash victims who have been harmed by the negligent conduct of others. Attorney Gelb focuses his legal practice on assisting those hurt in vehicle accidents and has personally represented thousands of clients. At Gelb & Gelb, clients speak directly with Mr. Gelb during their legal representation as he handles every case in the firm. As a recognized leading advocate for accident victims’ rights, Mr. Gelb has recovered multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements for individuals and families. He is available to represent clients throughout Washington, D.C.
Holding an Aggressive Driver Accountable for Harm Caused in a Collision
Aggressive driving places others on the road, including drivers, passengers, pedestrians, bicyclists, and other miscellaneous riders, at risk of harm. All drivers owe others the duty to operate their vehicles reasonably and to avoid causing foreseeable harm. Aggressive driving may breach this duty, exposing the at-fault driver to liability if the injured victim pursues a negligence claim.
In a personal injury lawsuit alleging negligence, the plaintiff must prove all elements of the claim: duty, breach, causation, and damages. While there remains a general duty to drive reasonably, avoiding harm to others and maintaining vehicle control are also duties. Aggressive driving impacts a person’s ability to maneuver the car in a calm, controlled manner.
Driving aggressively may be an example of a breached duty of care because it is unlikely to demonstrate appropriate care for the circumstances. In a negligence case, the fact finder will compare the defendant’s conduct or failure to act with the actions of a reasonable person. In other words, if the accident occurred on a crowded highway, and the driver tailgated aggressively, weaving in and out of traffic at high speed, the fact finder would likely consider that a reasonable person would not operate their vehicle in this unsafe manner. This conduct would probably be deemed a breach of the duty to use reasonable care, avoiding foreseeable accidents.
How Is Negligence Demonstrated?
In the context of a negligence claim, aggressive driving may be demonstrated in various ways. Witness testimony, police reports, and other evidence may be relied upon to prove aggressive driving. After successfully showing the driver’s fault for causing the crash, the injured individual must make clear that the breached duty of care led to their injuries. Causation may be shown through evidence that the aggressive driver tailgated and then rear-ended the victim and that the accident led to a severe spinal injury for the victim.
What Types of Damages Can a Person Recover Following An Accident?
The injured individual must set forth damages. The damages in an aggressive driving accident case are financial compensation for all harm caused in the crash. To prove damages, the victim quantifies their accident-related costs, typically including lost wages due to physical and emotional harm, medical expenses for treatment, and property damage. Pain, suffering, and loss of consortium are damages that a successful plaintiff may secure in a negligence claim.
If a victim is killed in an aggressive driving accident, their surviving family members may be able to bring a wrongful death claim against the defendant driver. Spouses and other relatives of the decedent can bring this type of claim, as well as survival actions in cases where the victim did not die immediately.
Consult a Washington, D.C., Lawyer Regarding Your Car Accident Claim
Attorney Roger Gelb appreciates the sense of injustice that often follows aggressive driving accidents in Washington, DC. The emotional aftermath and physical harm faced by people injured in a vehicle collision can prove overwhelming. At Gelb & Gelb, we are here to help you set forth a claim for maximum damages, including future costs that help you cover all anticipated expenses related to the accident. Attorney Gelb’s diligent representation has helped secure over one hundred million dollars worth of compensation for accident victims. To understand more about the specifics of your legal case, call our office today at (202) 331-7227 or fill out our online form.