An Attorney Is Necessary After Any Road Rage Injury

Everyone will eventually experience anger while driving. No one is perfect, and mistakes on the road will happen. What separates dangerously aggressive driving from everyday frustration is how that anger is managed. When a driver allows anger to blossom into road rage and causes an injury, you need the help of an experienced attorney to stand up for your legal rights.

Serious and potentially even permanent wounds are possible in road rage collisions or subsequent physical altercations. Documenting those injuries early and keeping a paper trail on how the accident impacted your life are both important steps in a successful personal injury case. Depending on the type of collision or assault that occurs during a criminal road rage event, you may end up dealing with:

Depending on the circumstances, the at-fault party who caused your injury may face criminal penalties after the road rage incident. While that may prevent the aggressor from causing further harm in the future, that doesn’t actually help in your financial recovery. You’ll still need to recover damages for your medical bills and others costs either through an insurance payout or by filing a personal injury lawsuit. 

The help of an attorney with knowledge of Virginia traffic laws and experience in road rage cases is a necessity to successfully recovering the full compensation you deserve. While the at-fault party tends to be readily obvious in a road rage case, you still need an attorney’s help to gather and present evidence of your injury and prove how it was caused. The case may also involve acquiring additional evidence if the at-fault party was a commercial driver on the job for a trucking company, rather than someone in a passenger vehicle.

A proficient lawyer is also critical in dealing with insurance adjusters to negotiate a settlement, while still potentially filing a personal injury lawsuit before the statute of limitations expires. In particular, victims of road rage injuries can seek compensation covering:

  • Costs from medical bills
  • Future medical costs if you need surgery or therapy in the months or years ahead
  • Pain and suffering from emotional trauma such as PTSD, anxiety, or depression
  • Wages lost during your recovery period, as well as lost earning potential if you can’t work in the future due to the injury

Kevin W. Mottley
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Richmond, VA trial lawyer dedicated to handling brain injuries, car accidents and other serious injury claims