Ready To Seek Justice? Sue for Road Rage in Pittsburgh!

By Ben Gobel on January 23, 2024
Two Men Fighting Next To A Car Crash

Road rage accidents can lead to serious injuries. But can you sue a driver for road rage? Following a road rage incident, you may need to seek an experienced car accident injury advocate to help you hold the road rage driver accountable for their reckless driving.

After a road rage accident, contact Ogg, Murphy & Perkosky, P.C. We can help you file a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault driver.

Road rage and aggressive driving

When someone drives in a way that endangers other drivers, that is road rage. Aggressive drivers may disobey traffic laws, and exhibit aggressive behavior such as intentional acts of physical violence, making rude gestures, and more.

Angry drivers cause accidents with unfortunate frequency, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. For example, a driver may get angry because they believe you cut them off in traffic. They may follow you, try to force your car off the road, or threaten you. There have even been cases of road rage shootings.

Understanding liability in road rage incidents

When aggressive driving leads to traffic accidents or even death, you should hold the driver accountable for your vehicle damage and injuries. When you file a personal injury claim, you may need to determine fault.

Liability for a road rage accident caused by another person’s actions may not be difficult to prove. Your car accident lawyer can help you hold the driver accountable for your car accident case. However, car accidents are not always simple. There could be other parties responsible for your medical bills, lost wages, and more.

Proving negligence in a road rage accident

When an aggressive driver hurts you, you may need to ensure their insurance company knows they were negligent. However, it can be difficult to gather evidence after a devastating accident so you may need a personal injury attorney.

They can use evidence, such as the police report, to prove the other driver was responsible for your personal injuries. Aggressive driving behavior could also lead to criminal charges, which can be useful when establishing negligence.

Potential legal actions against the aggressive driver

If the driver responsible for your car crash exhibited road rage, you may have legal options to hold them accountable for their actions. An experienced attorney can help you gather compelling evidence, including witness statements, to get the compensation you need. 

In such cases, you may have grounds for a settlement through your insurance provider. However, if your insurer does not offer the settlement you need, legal professionals can determine the best course of action for you.

Compensation in road rage lawsuits

After a road rage accident, you may be overwhelmed by medical expenses, property damage, and emotional damages. Accidents caused by road rage may warrant compensation for the economic and non-economic damages you have suffered. The compensation should cover any financial or emotional damages you have suffered. 

You might also be eligible for punitive damages. They do not compensate you for a loss but are intended to deter similar actions in the future with financial penalties. Punitive damages are only awarded in some cases, so contact an attorney if you believe you deserve punitive damages and compensatory damages.

The importance of legal representation

Handling a road rage incident can be difficult but legal representation can make it easier. Your attorney can handle the details of your case, from gathering evidence to identifying the at-fault party. Your attorney can also represent you in court to ensure your interests are being represented.

Road Rage FAQ 

How do you deal with road rage incidents?

One of the best ways to avoid a car accident with a road rage driver is to put a safe distance between you and that driver. That makes it less likely that they will be able to cause an accident. If they pursue you, contact emergency services for help.

Does road rage make someone a bad driver?

Road rage can lead to poor decisions that injure others. Because of this, it can lead to a dangerous loss of control that can injure you or other drivers.

How does road rage affect car insurance?

If you engage in road rage and cause an accident, the insurance company may view you as a less reliable driver. In these cases, your insurance premiums may skyrocket, or your insurance company may drop you completely.

Is road rage a criminal offense?

While road rage on its own is not a criminal offense, intentionally causing an accident that injures another person may lead to criminal charges. If another driver has injured you in this way, reach out to your attorney to learn more about your options.

Services offered to road rage victims by Ogg, Murphy & Perkosky, P.C.

The legal professionals at Ogg, Murphy & Perkosky, P.C. offer services that extend to road rage victims and beyond. Our services include the following:

  • Personal injury representation – If you have been injured because another person was negligent, you may have grounds for a lawsuit. Our team is here to represent you during these difficult moments.
  • Car accident litigation – If you are unable to settle with your insurance company, our attorneys are here to help. We have the tools to take your case to court and represent you so you get compensation for the damages you have suffered.
  • Motor vehicle accidents and insurance claims – Conversations with the insurance company after an accident can be difficult. Our attorneys simplify the process by helping you negotiate so you can get the settlement you need.
  • Legal counsel for victims of road rage incidents – If you were in an accident because of road rage, you may have grounds for a lawsuit. Let our team guide you through your case to get the help you need.

Are you ready to file? Reach out for a free consultation with our team at Ogg, Murphy & Perkosky, P.C. by calling us or filling out our online contact form.