Can You Sue A Driver For Road Rage In Sarasota?
We all know how bad traffic can get in Sarasota. Sometimes rush hour, terrible drivers, and construction can cause us to lose our patience. However, some drivers take that frustration too far and engage in road rage. Road rage is when drivers engage in aggressive driving. They’ll tailgate, cut people off, and sometimes, even threaten other drivers with violence. Road rage often leads to accidents and injuries. Unfortunately, Florida has the highest number of road rage incidents in the county. So it happens way too often that there are victims of road rage accidents in our state. Luckily, those victims have legal options.
What Should You Do If Your Accident Was Caused By Road Rage?
The first thing you should do after an accident is to contact law enforcement. However, if you have serious injuries, you need to seek medical attention. While you wait for the police, stay in your vehicle. Do not engage with the other driver as they have proven to be very dangerous. It is illegal to leave the scene of an accident, but if you believe your life is in danger, tell the police and ask what to do. They will walk you through the next steps. If you can stay, when the police arrive, explain the situation to them. Tell them the exact details of the road rage incident. As road rage is illegal, the other party may face charges or be arrested. No matter what, work with the police, they are your best protection at this moment. You will also want to notify your insurance company of the accident.
Filing A Road Rage Claim
Once you have filed a police report, notified your insurance company, and seen a physician, you will then file your claim with your insurance company. When filing a claim, make sure to stick completely to the facts. Even if your accident was caused by road rage, insurance companies will look for anything to use against you to get out of paying a fair settlement.
What Damages Can You Obtain From A Road Rage Accident
In any accident, the at-fault driver is legally obligated to pay for any damages as a result of the accident. These damages can include economic damages like the cost of your medical bills, the cost of the property damage to your vehicle, and the amount of lost income. They can also include non-economic damages like pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment, and loss of consortium. In the case of road rage, you may also qualify for punitive damages.
What Are Punitive Damages?
Punitive damages are a financial payment designed to punish the driver. Punitive damages are only awarded in cases of intentional negligence. Intentional negligence is the legal term for someone causing intentional harm to another person. In the case of road rage, if the other driver intentionally caused the accident or committed any kind of assault or violence against you, you may qualify for punitive damages. In order to qualify for these damages, you will have to work with a qualified accident injury attorney who understands how to prove intentional negligence.
When it comes to road rage accidents, it can be very traumatic. In many cases, you are dealing with a violent person who intentionally caused you harm. The best advice is to work with the police to protect your safety and to hire a qualified attorney. The attorneys at Justice Pays Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez, and Walsh in Sarasota can help. We’ve worked with hundreds of victims of road rage and know how to fight for your rights. Give us a call at 1-833-954-1234. We’ll review your case for free and help you understand how to protect yourself after a road rage incident.