Aggressive Driving Accidents
As more vehicles occupy roads in Tennessee, drivers have a greater potential to grow impatient with traffic and other annoyances. As a response, some of these drivers engage in aggressive driving practices that make roadways dangerous for other motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists alike. The Nashville distracted driving accident attorneys at Martin Heller Potempa & Sheppard are dedicated to making sure that aggressive drivers are held responsible for the injuries that they cause with their dangerous maneuvers. When a reckless driver speeds, weaves in and out of traffic, or otherwise fails to take another person’s safety into consideration, serious or even fatal injuries often result. Victims of aggressive driving accidents face the expense of medical bills, as well as the emotional toll that a severe injury takes, and a car accident attorney can help them pursue compensation for these costs.Evidence of Aggressive Driving
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines aggressive driving as a situation ‘when an individual commits a combination of moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or property.’ The American Automobile Association has stated that over half of all car accident fatalities have been linked to aggressive driving practices. Overly emotional drivers may engage in maneuvers that put others at an increased risk of harm. Some of these maneuvers include:
- Tailgating: Following behind another vehicle at a close proximity increases the danger of a rear end accident in the event of a sudden stop.
- Excessive speeding: Traveling at a high rate of speed may cause a more serious crash because a driver is unable to account for road hazards or changes in conditions. Speeding also leads to a greater impact between two vehicles if a crash occurs.
- Quick and constant lane changing: When drivers attempt to weave in and out of lanes to avoid slower traffic, they put others at risk because of the inability to anticipate such erratic moves.
The NHTSA advises other motorists to avoid engaging with an aggressive driver but to instead report their actions to authorities. Situations involving an aggressive driver may quickly escalate to a road rage incident, wherein increasingly violent actions are taken.Establishing Liability for Aggressive Driving Accidents
An aggressive driving accident lawyer at our Nashville firm can help victims pursue recourse in these situations. In a personal injury lawsuit, evidence of a driver’s road rage or aggressive driving may be used to show that they acted negligently. Negligence occurs when a defendant has breached a duty of reasonable care, and that breach is shown to have caused a victim’s injuries, resulting in damages. A driver who is speeding and weaving through traffic in a reckless manner would likely be found to be acting unreasonably. When those reckless actions lead to a crash, victims generally can recover damages. Compensation available in these cases may include medical costs, loss of income, lost earning capacity, and pain and suffering. When an aggressive driver causes a fatality, a decedent’s surviving spouse, parent, or child may file a wrongful death lawsuit to seek compensation for funeral or burial expenses and loss of consortium damages. In Tennessee, plaintiffs filing a personal injury or wrongful death claim must do so within one year of the victim’s injury or death, or their lawsuit likely will be barred.Retain an Aggressive Driving Accident Attorney in the Nashville Area
If you or someone you love has been injured by an aggressive driver, the motor vehicle collision attorneys at Martin Heller Potempa & Sheppard can help you pursue the proper legal action against those who have hurt you. Our firm offers compassionate and knowledgeable representation to Tennessee residents across Davidson and Williamson Counties, including in Franklin, Green Hills, Cool Springs, Hermitage, and Bellevue. Call us at 615-800-7096 or contact us online for a free consultation with a Nashville aggressive driving accident lawyer.