Aggressive Driving Accidents
Car Crash Attorneys Assisting Victims in New York City and Beyond
New York drivers often grow impatient with traffic conditions or other drivers on the road, and they may act aggressively in response. Actions like tailgating, swerving in and out of lanes, and other maneuvers create dangerous conditions on the road, which can lead to severe accidents like rear-end collisions. Aggressive drivers who injure others should be held accountable for the losses that victims face. Queens aggressive driving accident lawyer Marc S. Albert is committed to making sure that reckless drivers aid in the costs of the harm that they cause to their victims. The Law Offices of Marc S. Albert has vigorously and compassionately represented clients in New York City and on Long Island for over 20 years, achieving many million-dollar settlements and verdicts. If you have been injured by an aggressive driver, or a loved one has died as a result of a fatal aggressive driving accident, we can help you determine your legal options.
Dangers of Aggressive Driving
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), aggressive driving is defined as ‘when an individual commits a combination of moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or property.’ Additionally, aggressive driving is a factor in over half of all car accident fatalities nationwide, according to the American Automobile Association. Some common signs of an aggressive driver include:
- Tailgating, which is when one vehicle follows too closely, and unsafely, behind another vehicle.
- Speeding excessively, which often leads to more significant injuries due to the higher force of impact. Our aggressive driving accident attorneys have handled many Queens and other New York City accidents arising from excessive speeding.
- Changing lanes constantly and quickly without signaling or taking into account other motorists. Erratic driving leaves other drivers unable to anticipate and react to maneuvers in a timely manner, leading to collisions.
When confronted with an aggressive driver, the NHTSA recommends avoiding engaging with them and reporting any aggressive actions to the proper authorities. Because of the emotions and tensions that arise in aggressive driving situations, these situations can escalate to road rage, in which violence may result.
Holding Aggressive Drivers Liable for Injuries
Most often, aggressive driving practices like speeding and tailgating increase the probability of serious, life-threatening injuries in an accident. Victims injured in an aggressive driving accident may pursue personal injury claims against a driver who has acted negligently. Negligence exists when a person has breached an owed duty to act as a reasonable and prudent person would under the circumstances, causing a victim’s injuries. Our New York City aggressive driving accident attorneys know that reckless, aggressive maneuvers in traffic would likely be seen as an unreasonable breach of the duty of care owed to all motorists on the road.
If negligence is shown, victims can receive compensation for past and future medical costs, diminished earning capacity, lost earnings, and the pain and suffering associated with their injuries. When an aggressive driving accident results in a fatality, the ‘personal representatives’ of the victim’s estate can file a wrongful death claim against the responsible party. Personal representatives are either the executors who have been appointed to handle the victim’s estate via the victim’s will or whoever has been named as the estate’s administrator by a court. Family members without either title do not have status to file a wrongful death claim under New York law. Contacting an experienced attorney who can help you figure out your options following a serious or fatal car accident is an important step in preserving your rights.
Contact an Aggressive Driving Accident Lawyer in Queens or Surrounding Areas
Being injured, or losing a loved one, in an aggressive driving accident is an emotional experience, in which thoughts of legal action are secondary to recovery. However, sometimes taking action is necessary to make sure that the losses associated with your injuries are covered by the parties responsible. Personal injury and wrongful death attorney Marc S. Albert offers seasoned and compassionate legal representation to victims of aggressive driving accidents. The Law Offices of Marc S. Albert serves clients from offices in Astoria and Syosset. Contact our office online or at 855-252-3788 to discuss your possible claims with an attorney today.