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Pursuing Compensation for a Road Rage Accident

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IL accident lawyerRoad rage incidents have been increasing nationwide. The reasons for this are multi-faceted and complex - there is no one single identifiable cause for this increase. Some people became quite used to empty roads during lockdowns. During a time of economic stress, people tend to work longer hours and become less patient on their commutes. Even higher degrees of political conflict can have an effect on how drivers interact with one another on the roads. With road rage incidents becoming ubiquitous, so are car accidents that stem from them. Lawyers are seeing an increase in clients who were injured by another driver who was clearly infuriated, whether with them personally or with traffic in general. If you were injured by a driver with road rage, you may be entitled to compensation. In some cases, injuries inflicted by road rage drivers who were more than careless in causing the accident can lead to higher awards or settlements. An attorney can assess your case and guide you through the process of filing a claim.

Types of Accidents Commonly Caused by Road Rage Drivers

Road rage accidents can be particularly serious. Drivers may not put significant effort into avoiding a collision when they have become enraged. Common types of accidents caused by road rage drivers include:

  • Sideswipe - Sideswipe collisions are very common during road rage incidents. Merging is a common trigger for drivers prone to road rage, especially when the process does not happen smoothly. One enraged driver may refuse to yield to another driver when they should, causing them to sideswipe the vehicle they are having an often one-sided dispute with.
  • Near-miss accidents - It is a common move for furious drivers attempting a show of power to simply refuse to allow another driver into their lane. This is especially dangerous on the highway when drivers entering the highway must get up to speed and merge relatively quickly. When a road rage driver will not permit another to merge, a common result is for the victim to “run out of road” and be forced onto the sides of the roads, sometimes leading them into an accident.
  • Hit-and-run - Road rage drivers rarely stop and wait for the police when they strike another driver without disabling their own vehicle. Hit-and-run drivers can often be identified later through the use of camera footage or police investigation.

Road rage incidents can be terrifying for the victim. If you have been injured in an accident brought on by road rage, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible.

Contact a Lake County Car Accident Attorney

Salvi & Maher, L.L.C. is committed to helping victims of road rage drivers recover compensation. Our experienced Waukegan car accident lawyers will strive to win you the highest possible award or settlement. Call 847-662-3303 for a free consultation.

 

Source:

https://www.bankrate.com/insurance/car/road-rage-statistics/

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