Though Boston is sometimes called “The City of Kind Hearts,” aggressive driving can often be found here. From rush hour delays to some of the nation’s oldest roads, plenty of local factors contribute to making a Bostonian’s commute challenging. According to one insurance company’s annual best drivers report, Boston ranked as the third-worst city in the United States.
That is not to say that aggressive driving isn’t extremely common throughout the nation. According to AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety’s 2019 data, nearly 80 percent of US drivers expressed significant anger, aggression behind the wheel at least once in the previous 30 days. It’s not surprising, then, that aggressive driving has increasingly become a major cause of concern for all of us on the road.
If you were injured in an aggressive driving accident, you may be entitled to compensation for the harm caused. The law firm of Jason Stone Injury Lawyers has served victims of aggressive driving accidents and their families throughout Massachusetts, and we know what it takes to bring a claim to a successful conclusion.
If you have an aggressive driving case in Boston, Better Phone Stone®! Call us today at (800) 577-5188. There’s no obligation for your free consultation.
What is Aggressive Driving?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration defines aggressive driving as, “The operation of a motor vehicle in a manner that endangers or is likely to endanger persons or property.”
There are numerous different behaviors that classify as aggressive driving. Some of these include:
- Following too closely, i.e. tailgating
- Speeding in heavy traffic
- Weaving in and out of traffic
- Failure to observe stop signs and traffic lights or signals
- Changing lanes without signaling
- Cutting in front of another driver then slowing down
- Blocking a cars attempt to pass or change lanes
- Using headlights or brakes to punish other drivers
You may see such driving behaviors on a daily basis while driving on Boston’s streets, but these are not easily excused. They are classified as aggressive driving behaviors and regularly lead to accidents.
You may be able to file a personal injury car accident lawsuit against the involved aggressive driver in order to help you cover your medical expenses and other losses. When you require quality legal representation in the Boston area, contact an experienced car accident lawyer or aggressive driving accident lawyer at Jason Stone Injury Lawyers. We would be happy to review your Boston car accident case for free and help you determine your next best step.
Aggression Among Boston Drivers
We might think of road rage and aggressive driving as cause and effect. While some cases of extreme rage while on the road hit the news, there are many other confrontations that can lead to innocent people getting hurt.
If you were injured due to a collision with a driver who seemed to act aggressively, we may be able to help you seek the financial compensation to which you may be lawfully entitled.
How to recognize rage on the road
While it can be linked with various erratic or violent behaviors, some of the more common ones include:
- Cursing or screaming at other drivers
- Flashing headlights repeatedly
- Honking unnecessarily or for a prolonged period
- Forcing a driver off the road or into the other lane
- Throwing objects at another vehicle
- Making rude gestures
- Ramming or sideswiping another vehicle
While these behaviors range from the mild to the extreme, all indicate serious rage issues on the part of the driver.
Dealing with confrontation
If at all possible, it’s best to avoid a confrontation with an angry driver. On the other hand, this may sometimes be unavoidable. If so, there are several things you can do to help you and your family remain safe.
Take care to:
- Avoid eye contact with the angry driver
- Ignore gestures or shouting
- Practice defensive driving
- Remain calm and don’t respond with aggression
- Drive to a public place, lock your car, and call 911 (if you feel at risk)
By following these guidelines, you can minimize the risk of violent or dangerous confrontation when someone shows road rage.
What to Do Immediately After an Accident
Aggressive driving accidents can be especially traumatic. Whether you were in your car, on a bicycle, or passing through as a pedestrian, an aggressive driving accident can cause severe injuries. Whether the aggressive driver merely inflicted property damage or serious life-threatening injuries, he or she must be held accountable.
We know that in the immediate aftermath of serious car accidents, it can be overwhelming and seemingly impossible to think clearly. However, there are a few things that can increase your chances of recovery, so we urge serious accident victims to complete the following steps:
- Call the police and file a police report
- Seek medical treatment as soon as possible
- Gather information from the accident scene, take photographs
- Get a copy of the police report and the medical records
- Try to avoid speaking directly to the insurance company of the other driver
- Contact Boston car accident lawyers to seek compensation
By following these guidelines, you can give yourself a better chance at full recovery of your property damage and other related costs.
Costs Associated With Aggressive Driving Accidents
We know that it can be difficult to fully quantify the devastation the accident caused. By means of our team’s 70+ years of combined experience, we have helped clients who also experienced aggressive driving accidents to achieve successful claims which helped them reclaim their lives.
At Jason Stone Injury Lawyers, we know that you are facing serious injuries, broken bones, financial losses, and perhaps lost wages – as well as the emotional toll that an accident with an aggressive driver may take, and we intend for you to receive maximum compensation.
When you are involved in a Massachusetts auto accident that an aggressive driver has caused, you may face overwhelming costs, including but not limited to:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Job loss
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Other out-of-pocket or future expenses
Additionally, if your family member died in an aggressive driving accident, you might also be facing the following losses:
- Funeral and burial costs
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of companionship or consortium
- Family member’s lost income
These costs and more may be recovered in a personal injury claim or wrongful death case. Whether you have no-fault insurance or the other insurer offers you a low settlement, you have options.
You and your family have already suffered enough due to someone else’s anger or aggression. You should not have to suffer more by paying for the results of their negligent and reckless actions.
Though what you recover may vary considerably depending on the findings of a civil court as to who is the at-fault party, especially considering Massachusetts is a comparative fault state. A qualified car accident lawyer can help review your personal injury lawsuit free of charge and indicate what expenses you may be able to recover through the legal process.
At Jason Stone Injury Lawyers, we know how overwhelming the litigation process can be, but we stand by our aggressive driving accidents clients’ side each step of the way. If you are ready to pursue your rights after an aggressive driving accident in Boston, give us a call for your free consultation today at (800) 577-5188.
Boston Lawyers Who Truly Care
Your Boston accident attorney with Jason Stone Injury Lawyers can help you get started on your auto accident case today. We can advise you on the best way to proceed, and we keep you posted through each stage of the process.
When we take on your case, we will:
- Speak to witnesses in your case,
- Do a thorough investigation including reviewing the police and medical reports
- Speak to the insurance company of the other driver on your behalf
We can also go further with your claim. If necessary, we can file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit on your behalf. We are willing to take your case all the way to trial in a civil court to make sure you get the amount of compensation you need.
But you may not need to go to court. We can also help you consider insurance companies’ settlement offers and negotiate on your behalf.
With lawsuits and out-of-court settlements alike, we have helped victims of aggressive drivers with car accident cases. If you hire us to handle your aggressive driving accident case, we will do our best to get you maximum compensation for your injuries and costs.
At our law firm, we know that being involved in a serious car accident is one of the most stressful and life-changing events that a person can go through. That is why we are determined to make the personal injury claim process as stress-free as possible, fighting our clients’ battles for them and keeping them informed on all developments regarding their cases.
From your first consultation with Jason Stone Injury Lawyers, we promise There’s No Obligation, Just Information®. And when we take on a case, we always work on a contingency fee basis – meaning that we get paid only after you get paid.
You don’t have to go through this process alone. Rather, contact us today to get tenacious legal representation from knowledgeable attorneys who truly care about you. Send a message or call (800) 577-5188 to schedule a free consultation with an aggressive driving accident lawyer. The session may be held in person or virtually by phone or video conference, as you prefer.