Most California motorists know that operating a vehicle is risky. A stable and calm mindset, and respect for other drivers, is necessary to reduce the likelihood of collisions and incidents that can result in catastrophic and life-threatening injuries, or even worse, death. Despite knowing the dangers, many drivers operate their vehicles haphazardly and recklessly and become angry at other motorists because of traffic congestion, personal issues, distractions and other concerns that result in road rage.
Road raging drivers can be frightening to encounter on the road because their actions are threatening and often lead to aggressive driving behaviors that put everyone besides themselves in harm’s way. They are also more likely to cause hit-and-run accidents.
The stark reality of encountering road raging motorists
Some level of predictability is necessary to help ensure the proper and safe flow of traffic. Yet, all too often, individuals who encounter angry motorists wind up dealing with injuries, property damage and, in some cases, the loss of a loved one. Victims of motor vehicle accidents caused by road raging drivers may file a personal injury claim for recompense for their experience.
Victims can hold aggressive drivers accountable
Some incidents result in the aggressor following victims and attacking them, causing bodily harm, injury and property damage. The attacker is the liable, at-fault party, and the victim may file a claim against that person for emotional and physical pain and suffering, lost wages, and current and future medical expenses that arise from the situation. In some circumstances, victims may also seek punitive damages to punish the negligent motorist for his or her actions.
Just like any other type of motor vehicle and personal injury claim, the burden of proof falls to the victim. It is never wise to engage a road raging driver, and it is best to avoid them at all costs. Even so, accidents, especially those involving reckless and angry drivers, are not always preventable. In the event of a situation that results in property damage or injuries, get to safety, and contact the authorities to file a report and seek out immediate medical attention. You should also speak with a personal injury attorney concerning your legal rights and eligibility for compensation.