Sharing the road with an aggressive driver can be intimidating and distracting, and it can be very frightening to be involved in an accident with someone who has let their anger get the best of them and create a dangerous situation for you and your passengers.
The most important thing to keep in mind after the accident is that your safety is the absolute priority, and if you believe that the other driver may become violent or agitated, it may be in your best interest to remain in your vehicle until the police arrive on the scene. Call the police and let them know about the situation so that they understand that there may be a tense situation when they arrive that is compounded by the crash.
Contact us now to discuss your accident with an aggressive driver, the injuries that you and your passengers sustained, the events that led to the crash, and the steps that you have taken thus far in order to work through the financial issues that the accident has caused. We will be able to talk to you about the history of successes that we have had with accidents similar to your own, the steps that we suggest to take in order to get started as aggressively as possible.
Read more below about some examples of aggressive driving, as well as how we will work to calculate the damages that you are owed for your financial impacts of the accident, as well as the non-economic impacts as well.
Examples of Aggressive Driving
The following are just a few examples. The most important thing to consider is that if the actions the other driver took made you uncomfortable or they seemed like they were aggressive, then it is worth considering that their aggression may have been the primary cause of the crash.
- Swerving in and out of traffic
- Cutting off drivers in order to retaliate for something
- Slamming on the brakes in front of a vehicle to intimidate the drivers
- Attempting to force a driver off the road
- Refusing to move out of a lane and slowing down and speeding up to keep the car behind from getting around
Obviously, this is a limited list of actions that can be considered aggressive driving but should serve to give you an idea of the behaviors that we are talking about when we are talking about aggressive driving accidents in Orange County.
Calculating Damages in an Aggressive Driving Accident
There is no simple way to come up with the exact amount that any victim of an accident is owed, and the factors in an aggressive driving accident are no easier than any other type. In fact, there may be additional damages caused by the fear that the aggressive driver inspired, both before and after the accident. Compensatory damages, as they are known as in California, seek to repay the victim for the economic impacts of the crash, as well as to compensate the “intangible” aspects of the accident as well.
Economic damages include things like lost wages from time missed at work after the accident, as well as the medical bills, hospital costs, surgeries, and other medically-associated expenses. In addition, these economic damages include any short-term or long-term disability.
Non-economic damages include things like the pain and suffering that result from the accident and the associated injuries. In the case of an accident that was caused by aggressive driving, there may be a strong argument for including compensation for possible fear and anxiety caused by the actions of the driver, as well.
To calculate these damages, we typically use a “multiplier” as a way to determine a dollar amount. These multipliers typically go between 1-5, and are then applied to the economic damages as a way to translate these emotional, psychological, and physical injuries to a measurable amount.
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Contact our team as soon as possible so that we can start building your case now. We will be able to alleviate a significant amount of stress for you so that you can focus on recovery while we work through the details and paperwork that come with accidents such as the one you have just suffered through.