Most people don’t give a lot of thought to the seriousness of the act of operating a motor vehicle. Indeed, a car is not just a tool to get you from point A to point B, but a machine that weighs around 4,000 pounds, if not more, and one that can cause severe damage to another person in an instant. Cars, when operated negligently, are truly killing machines.
Even though motor vehicles can be very dangerous, and are a leading cause of injury and death every year in the United States, many people continue to drive aggressively. If you are involved in an accident caused by an aggressive driver, you deserve to be compensated for the full extent of injuries you’ve incurred.
Acts of Aggressive Driving are Negligent
Some acts of aggressive driving are prohibited under Alabama statute, others are merely unsafe, but all are negligent. Indeed, some of the most common acts that constitute aggressive driving include:
- Speeding (especially in heavy traffic);
- Running red lights or stop signs;
- Refusing to let other cars pass or change lanes (lane blocking);
- Weaving in and out of traffic; and
- Cutting off another driver intentionally.
Negligence is defined as the failure to act with a reasonable degree of care. When it comes to the operation of a motor vehicle, any act that a reasonable driver would find unsafe is considered negligent.
Can an Aggressive Driver Be Held Liable for Injuries after a Car Accident?
Alabama maintains a fault-based insurance system, which essentially means that drivers who cause accidents are liable for them, and that all drivers are required to carry liability insurance to help them pay for damages they cause to others. Fault is based on negligence and negligence per se (the breach of a statute of law); when an accident would not have occurred but for the irresponsible and unsafe actions of a motorist, including any acts of aggression, that motorist can be held liable for damages.
Investigating an Accident and Recovering Compensation
To maximize the amount of compensation that you receive after an accident caused by an aggressive driver, you will need to prove causation – that the accident wouldn’t have occurred but for the other driver’s aggressive driving behavior. To prove this, you will need to submit evidence substantiating your claim, including police reports, vehicle electronic control module data, witness statements, any proof of physical evidence (like skid marks), and all other evidence you have.
It is important that you submit evidence offering proof that the other driver was 100 percent to blame for your crash and related injuries. Because Alabama recognizes the rule of contributory negligence, if a plaintiff in a claim is found to have contributed to their injuries through an act of negligence of their own, even if they are only minorly at fault for the accident, they could still be barred from seeking compensation from the defendant.
In addition to proving that the driver in question did indeed commit the act of aggressive driving, and that this was the direct cause of your accident, you will also need to prove the extent of damages you suffered. You can seek compensation for your economic and non-economic harm after an Alabama car accident.
Reach Out to Our Alabama Car Accident Attorneys Today for a Free Consultation
Aggressive drivers should be held liable for their negligent actions, and victims harmed by said drivers deserve to be fully compensated for their losses. At the law offices of Burge & Burge, P.C., our Alabama car accident lawyers are ready to serve you. We promise to thoroughly investigate your case, work with experts to build your claim, and aggressively negotiate with an insurance adjuster to maximize your compensation award. We have more than 50 years of combined legal experience, and are passionate about protecting clients like you.
Call us today for a free consultation at 205-251-9000, tell us about your case using the contact form on our website, or visit our Birmingham office in person at your convenience.