East Meadow Aggressive Driving Accident Lawyer
Acts of aggressive driving are responsible for all kinds of car accidents. Everything from swerving through traffic to racing poses a significant risk to other drivers on the roads. Due to the unpredictability and recklessness involved, aggressive driving frequently leads to collisions that cause severe injuries.
If you got caught up in an accident because of another driver’s act of aggressive driving, an East Meadow aggressive driving accident lawyer from the office of Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. will gather evidence and to help you build your case. We can also offer assistance in different languages. To speak with someone in our office about your car accident case, call (516) 932-0400 today for a free consultation.
Common Acts of Aggressive Driving
The term “aggressive driving” covers a range of behaviors. Road rage is perhaps one of the most well-known forms of aggressive driving. While road rage may come across as a routine and comical occurrence in films and television, the outcomes are often serious in the real world.
When a driver engages in an act of road rage, they may swerve suddenly, apply the brakes without warning, or intimidate another driver with excessive use of the horn or other gestures.
All of these actions can result in collisions because they create unpredictable and unsafe road conditions. In addition, high speeds are often associated with road rage, giving these collisions a greater likelihood of causing severe injuries for those involved.
Dealing With Injuries Caused by Aggressive Driving
Some car accident injuries will resolve on their own with time and rest. However, others may lead to impaired quality of life for months or even years into the future. Certain injuries sustained from acts of aggressive driving require urgent medical intervention. Some require long term care, surgeries, and rehabilitation programs.
If you have suffered any level of injury, whether it expresses as dull or sharp pain, numbness or loss of sensation, loss of range of motion or function, or in some other way, we suggest that you see a doctor as soon as possible to report all the symptoms and have them evaluated. We have found that some people engage in “wishful thinking,” after an accident injury. They so strongly want the injury to be a minor one, that is not serious and that will simply quickly go away, that they delay seeking medical attention or deny, to themselves, that they even need such attention. It bears repeating, , you should see a doctor if you were hurt in an accident. A medical professional will assess your injuries and work to develop a treatment plan. While your health and wellbeing are of greatest importance, proof of your injuries from a doctor will also serve the purpose of supporting your aggressive driving accident case.
Whiplash is one common injury that occurs in car accidents. The force of a vehicle collision causes a rapid movement of the neck and spine that can lead to sore and stiff muscles or more serious conditions. According to the Mayo Clinic, some people suffering whiplash recover naturally in a few weeks. Others, however, suffer long-term consequences such as chronic neck pain and, in some cases, even memory problems.
Any injury suffered in a car accident may require special care and attention. If not addressed promptly, some injuries progress to create compounding medical complications. Aside from whiplash, other injuries that are common in aggressive driving car accidents include:
- Concussions and severe brain trauma.
- Broken bones.
- Spinal injury/
- Burns, lacerations, bruising
If you or a loved one suffered injuries on Long Island as a result of aggressive driving, contact an East Meadow aggressive driving accident lawyer from Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. today.
Our team will keep you updated on your case, identify liable parties, and prepare your evidence. As passionate advocates for victims of personal injury, we will fight for your right to recover damages. Call us at (516) 932-0400 for a free consultation.
Pursuing Compensation and Recoverable Damages
There are several steps to proving liability in an accident involving aggressive driving behaviors. Legal teams, law enforcement, and car insurance companies will all get involved to determine who was at fault in an accident. As part of this process, these parties will often gather several forms of evidence, including:
- Eyewitness testimonies.
- Photos and videos.
- Police reports.
- Cell phone records.
This process is potentially quite a lengthy one. If you are planning to take legal action after an accident in New York, note that you face a limited time frame to do so based on New York Civil Practice Laws & Rules § 214. The sooner you act to contact our legal team, the sooner we will be able to begin the process of gathering evidence, determining a value for your case, and building the strongest case possible on your behalf.
Negotiating Settlement Offers
When another driver’s insurance company gets involved, the insurance adjuster on the case will also work to determine liability and calculate a settlement offer. Even if the other driver is found to be liable for your accident, it is likely that you will not initially receive the offer you deserve.
The typically minimal settlement offers insurance carriers often make are unreasonable compared to the true loss and damages from these kinds of incidents. Having the right legal team fighting on your behalf will permit your claim to move beyond these “low ball offer,” predicaments with car insurance companies. One of our experienced and dedicated lawyers will negotiate with the adjuster on your behalf and, depending upon the unique circumstances of your case, initiate a lawsuit if you do not receive a fair offer.
Types of Recoverable Damages
The cost of current and future medical care for accident injuries tends to make up a significant portion of compensation. Emergency transportation services, surgeries, physical therapy programs, and rehabilitation all constitute possible forms of recoverable damages. Typically, a significant portion of these costs will be covered as part of the “No-Fault” claim which the car accident will give rise to. Simply stated, a No-Fault claim generally involves the host vehicle (that is, the vehicle you were driving or a passenger in,) insurer covering medical expenses and a portion of earnings lost due to injury, while other damages, such as pain & suffering for example, are sought from the at-fault vehicle insurer. (Which may be the host vehicle if you are an injured passenger.) This second type of claim is generally referred to as a liability claim or a bodily injury claim.
Contact Our Office Today
Dealing with the legal and financial implications that follow a car accident poses some unique challenges, but you do not have to do it all on your own. If you were involved in an accident with an aggressive driver on Long Island, contact us today. We want to help you! We will start by helping you understand your situation completely and understanding your legal options fully. Then we will support your decision as to how you wish to proceed.
An East Meadow aggressive driving accident lawyer from Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. will investigate your accident, build a solid case for damages, and negotiate on your behalf. Call us for a free consultation today at (516) 932-0400.