Aggressive Driving Accidents
There are more people on the road than ever before, and congested roadways have caused a rise in aggressive driving. While some drivers may drive aggressively on occasion, other drivers drive in an aggressive manner whenever they get behind the wheel. Regardless of whether it happens once or countless times, it is not safe to drive aggressively, and aggressive driving often leads to car accidents. If you have suffered injuries in an aggressive driving accident, you should be able to recover compensation for the costs and pain and suffering that you sustained. At Peter Thompson and Associates, our New Hampshire car accident lawyers have more than 60 years of collective experience representing victims who were injured in car accidents caused by someone else’s negligence. Our knowledgeable attorneys can work diligently to hold a defendant liable and help you recover the damages that you are rightfully owed.What is Aggressive Driving?
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), aggressive driving is the operation of a vehicle that poses a risk of harm or is likely to pose a risk of harm to people or property. Aggressive driving can include following other drivers too closely, speeding to prevent other drivers from entering your lane of traffic, changing lanes without using a turn signal, and using obscene gestures and yelling at other drivers. Aggressive driving can escalate into road rage under certain circumstances but is different from road rage, which is taking an action while driving that is meant to cause harm to another driver.Proving the Liability of an Aggressive Driver
If you were involved in an accident caused by an aggressive driver, you should be entitled to compensation for your injuries and property damage sustained in the accident. Most car accident lawsuits are pursued on a theory of negligence. Under New Hampshire law, to prove that the other driver’s negligence caused your accident, your attorney must show by a preponderance of the evidence that the other driver owed you a duty to drive safely and reasonably, the duty was breached, and the breach was the actual cause of the accident and any damages that you suffered due to the accident.
The preponderance of evidence standard means showing that it is more likely than not that the other driver caused the accident. The other driver may attempt to argue that you drove negligently as well and that your negligence caused the accident. Even if your driving contributed to the accident, you can still recover damages from the other driver as long as your fault did not exceed 50%.Damages Recoverable in an Aggressive Driving Accident Lawsuit
If your case against the other driver is successful, you should be able to recover a variety of monetary damages. You are entitled to the cost of any past medical treatment for injuries sustained in the accident, as well as the cost of any medical treatment that you may need in the future. You may also be able to recover damages for the pain and suffering caused by your injuries. If you could not work following the accident, you may be able to recover damages for lost wages and loss of future earnings. If you were married at the time of the accident, your spouse might be able to recover damages as well. You may also be entitled to recover the cost to repair any damage to your vehicle or any other property damage caused by the accident.
In New Hampshire, any lawsuit to recover compensation for damages caused by an accident must be filed within three years of the date of the accident. If you were injured or sustained property damage in a car accident caused by an aggressive driver, you should seek the assistance of a skilled New Hampshire attorney as soon as possible to ensure that you do not waive your right to recover damages.Meet With an Experienced Motor Vehicle Collision Attorney in New Hampshire
If you have suffered injuries in an aggressive driving accident, you should consult an experienced car accident lawyer to discuss the facts of your case and the damages that you may be entitled to recover. At Peter Thompson and Associates, our attorneys have the skills and experience needed to assist you in obtaining a favorable outcome. Due to our dedicated representation, we have achieved a high success rate, including a long record of substantial verdicts. We have offices in Bedford, Nashua, Portsmouth, and Manchester and represent injured individuals throughout New Hampshire. Contact us at 800.804.2004 or via our online form to set up a free consultation.