Aggressive Driving Accident Attorney in Houston
Drivers who weave in and out of traffic, follow other vehicles too closely, and otherwise seek to intimidate drivers around them put everyone on the road at risk. This behavior is often illegal because it can and does lead to crashes.
If you have been injured in an accident caused by an aggressive driver, you may be owed compensation for your injuries and other losses. Getting medical treatment after a car accident can be expensive, and you might be left with injuries that impact your ability to work and fulfill important family or personal obligations.
A skilled attorney from Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC, knows how to negotiate a fair settlement with the insurance company on your behalf. If negotiations fail, we will be ready to take your case to court and fight for compensation.
Don’t wait to demand the compensation and justice you’re owed. Contact Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC, today for a free consultation with a Houston aggressive driving accident lawyer.
What Is Aggressive Driving in Houston?
Aggressive drivers use their vehicles to intimidate other road users. Aggressive drivers are often in a hurry to get somewhere and can be impatient around slower cars, even those traveling at the speed limit. They may weave in and out of traffic to get ahead, follow too closely, or engage in other intimidating behaviors.
Some drivers may act more aggressively in a vehicle than they would if they were face to face with another person because their car provides them with a sense of anonymity. Aggressive driving can cause accidents and sometimes escalates into road rage, which can involve criminal behavior.
Legal Options After an Aggressive Driving Accident
After an aggressive driving accident, your first step is typically to file a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company. While you could do this on your own, you could get a better settlement if you have an attorney on your side to negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf. Hiring an attorney does not mean you have to sue the other driver, as most personal injury cases are settled before they reach that stage.
However, if the insurance company refuses to offer you a fair settlement, you may choose to file a personal injury lawsuit to pursue full compensation for your injuries. Additionally, if the aggressive driver engaged in criminal actions, there may be a separate criminal case. The outcome of a criminal case will not preclude you from securing compensation, even if the driver is ultimately found not guilty.
Common Forms of Aggressive Driving
Many dangerous behaviors fit in the category of aggressive driving. Some are common behaviors you see daily, while others are serious enough to alert law enforcement. Some examples include:
- Changing lanes abruptly or without signaling
- Tailgating (following too closely)
- Braking suddenly after passing
- Cutting off other vehicles
- Overusing the horn
- Using high beams while driving behind another vehicle or toward oncoming traffic
- Making rude or obscene hand gestures
- Yelling at other drivers
- Making aggressive eye contact
Although all drivers should do their part to prevent accidents by keeping an eye on their surroundings, the actions of aggressive drivers can be abrupt and unexpected. They can cause accidents that affect even the most experienced and alert drivers.
Recovering Damages After an Aggressive Driving Accident
You should not have to pay out of pocket for the consequences of an accident an aggressive driver caused. We cannot guarantee any specific amount of compensation you may be owed, but in general, people may receive compensation for losses such as:
- Current and future medical bills
- Long-term care and rehabilitation
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning potential
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Property damage
Since each situation is different, our attorneys can help you get a better idea of what your case may be worth during a free consultation.
Aggressive Driving Accident and Injury Statistics
Aggressive drivers injure or kill many people throughout Texas and the United States each year. According to the Insurance Information Institute, speeding contributed to 8,746 fatal accidents in one recent year alone in the United States. That accounts for 17 percent of all deadly crashes. Some other behaviors that contributed to fatal crashes in the same year include:
- Driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or medications (10.1 percent)
- Failing to yield right-of-way (7.3 percent)
- Deviating from lane (6.6 percent)
- Careless vehicle operation (6.5 percent)
- Failing to follow traffic signs (4 percent)
- Erratic, negligent, or reckless driving (3.7 percent)
- Driving in the wrong direction (2.4 percent)
In addition to fatalities, aggressive driving accidents lead to thousands of severe injuries yearly.
Should I Hire a Lawyer for Help with My Aggressive Driving Accident Case?
Although you could technically file a claim directly with the at-fault driver’s insurance company, it is nearly always preferable to hire an attorney when the other driver was engaging in aggressive behavior. The other driver’s insurance company may argue that their conduct was not aggressive or negligent, and they are therefore not at fault for your injuries to reduce or deny your claim.
It can be challenging to prove that another driver was aggressive and negligent. However, experienced attorneys can gather and analyze evidence from police reports, surveillance videos and dashcam footage, post-accident inspections of the vehicles, and your medical records to build a solid case. Your attorney can advocate for you and guide you through the legal process while you focus on your health and recovery.
Contact a Houston Aggressive Driving Accident Lawyer
Recovering from an aggressive driving accident can be physically and emotionally draining. Depending on the severity of your injuries, you may be unable to work or perform your usual activities. Many people suffer debilitating anxiety, depression, or other mental health problems while recovering from an accident. Additionally, the financial impact can be devastating if you don’t have help.
The attorneys at Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC, understand the many challenges and losses you could face after an accident. We want to help you pursue compensation for them. We stand out from other law firms because we prioritize client relationships. Some firms take on a high volume of cases to make a large profit. However, we take pride in helping each client individually so we can better represent our clients’ unique needs and concerns.