Road Rage Liability

We have all been frustrated while on the road and in a hurry to get to our destinations. Unfortunately, this sometimes leads to road rage, which is increasingly becoming a larger problem in the country. In fact, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety estimates that about 80% of motorists are guilty of road rage or some other form of aggressive driving.

What is road rage? It is when another driver intentionally and knowingly threatens another driver with his or her vehicle through aggressive driving that is careless, reckless, and disregards the rules of the road and common courtesy. Aggressive driving, combined with deliberately negligent actions can lead to serious and fatal injuries.

Common signs of road rage you need to be aware of:

  • Tailgating another motorist while flashing the headlights continuously
  • Suddenly accelerating too closely toward another motorist
  • Cutting off another motorist
  • Frequently changing lanes in a dangerous manner
  • Intentionally slamming on the brakes while in front of another motor vehicle
  • Constantly using the car horn
  • Shouting at other motorists
  • Making offensive and lewd hand gestures at other motorists

Victims of road rage can and should turn to a personal injury attorney to file a claim. A claim can not only address usual damages, such as medical costs and lost wages, but punitive damages as well. Punitive damages further penalize the at-fault party for criminal behavior. In cases of road rage, this is a matter of assault and battery, or even vehicular manslaughter if the accident causes fatalities. While the criminal case will be separate from the civil dispute, testimony acquired during the criminal case might be used as evidence in an injury claim.

Experienced Personal Injury Attorney in Denver, Colorado

If you or a loved one was injured in a road rage accident, you need a knowledgeable and skilled legal advocate on your side to fight for your right to just compensation. At Gerash Steiner, P.C., our personal injury team is passionate about protecting our clients’ interests in the aftermath of a serious accident.

Do not hesitate to reach out to us today. Call us at (303) 732-5048 to schedule a free initial consultation with a knowledgeable member of our legal team.

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