Denver Aggressive Driver Collision Attorneys
Driving can be stressful. You have to keep an eye on nearby lights and signs, respect the right of way, and watch for any pedestrians crossing the street. Some people rise to the challenge. Others do not. Aggressive drivers are often the ones responsible for catastrophic car accidents.
There is never an excuse for a driver to allow his feelings to come before other people’s safety. If you have been the victim of an aggressive driver and suffered severe injuries, then you are well within your rights to demand compensation. Call Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. at (303) 759-9945 to get the legal support you need to hold the at-fault driver liable. We are ready to help you.
Aggressive drivers are not shy about showing off their road rage. While this behavior can be blamed on any number of reasons, such as heavy traffic, running late, or just having a fight with a significant other, it often manifests in recognizable ways. In our experience, the most common signs of an aggressive driver include:
- Constant lane changes
- Weaving between traffic
- Excessive honking
- Yelling or screaming
- Swerving towards other cars
Oftentimes, an aggressive driver will try to take his frustrations out on the drivers around him on the road. Breaking the speed limit is bad enough, but drivers experiencing road rage will often drive far too close to other cars or swerve toward traffic, as if to hit another car, before suddenly swerving away. Of course, when a driver becomes that out of control, a collision is all but inevitable.
The faster a vehicle is moving, the more time it takes to slow it down. So, if an aggressive driver is going 45 in a 25-mph zone, the moment that driver collides with another car, a great deal of force will be transferred to the victim. That force will leave both cars crumpled, and severely injure anyone, driver or passenger, involved in the crash.
On top of the speeding, the fact that aggressive drivers engage in other reckless acts, such as swerving or tailgating, means they rarely have the time to hit their brakes and slow down before impact. That kind of high-speed collision can easily result in:
- Broken bones
- Road rash
- Deep lacerations
- Severe burns
- Spinal cord injuries
- Brain damage
- Internal bleeding
- Organ damage
- Loss of limb
And usually, the person who was hit gets it much worse. Of course, an aggressive driver can also kill. In such a case, the family of the victim could file a wrongful death claim to hold the negligent driver responsible, as well as recover compensation for their loss. Whether you were injured by an aggressive driver or you lost a loved one to an aggressive driver, the law is on your side.
Under Colorado law, aggressive drivers can be charged with careless or reckless driving. This behavior isn’t just dangerous: it is illegal. If the aggressive driver is arrested after crashing into you, he or she may be charged criminally. If the driver is convicted, part of the punishment may be to pay a court-ordered fine (“restitution”) to you, as a victim. However, this is not a sure thing.
If the at-fault driver is not arrested, you can hold him accountable by seeking compensation through a civil claim. This is the second, better way to recover proper compensation. When you file a claim, you can list the damages you feel you should be compensated for. These can include:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Lowered quality of life
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
- Emotional trauma
Demanding this compensation and receiving what you have asked for is not an easy task. The aggressive driver is likely to turn to his insurance provider for help. Insurance companies exist to make a profit, even if their ads say different. That means the insurance provider of the at-fault driver will do everything they can to ensure you take as low as a settlement as possible. However, with an experienced attorney by your side, you can rest easy knowing that you will receive fair compensation.
Suffering an injury because of an aggressive driver can be a truly terrifying event. Aggressive drivers are out of control, driving erratically and dangerously, and the injuries they cause are debilitating and costly. No one deserves to pay for a crash that wasn’t their fault. Which is exactly why you should work with a car accident attorney who can help you get the compensation you deserve. Call Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. at (303) 759-9945 to speak to a member of our highly skilled team and find out what we can do for you.