Unfortunately, New York is not known for having the friendliest roads around. We have all encountered drivers with road rage and drivers who lose their cool frequently cause accidents. If you were hurt in a crash and you suspect that someone’s road rage is to blame, then you should explore your legal options with the help of a car accident lawyer in Queens.

How Can Road Rage Cause Accidents?

Road rage is associated with more than a few dangerous driving behaviors. People with road rage tend to:

  • Tailgate
  • Brake check
  • Speed
  • Change lanes frequently and illegally
  • Ignore traffic signals, road signs, and the rules of the road
  • Drive on the shoulder or sidewalk

Any of these behaviors on their own can cause a crash. Combine them and you have a recipe for disaster.

How Can I Try to Avoid Angry Drivers?

If you encounter someone with road rage, it’s generally best to try and disengage and avoid them. Slow down and keep your distance from them. If they make you mad, try not to give in to your emotions. Road rage can spread like wildfire in bad traffic, and you do not want to be one of the drivers making the road more dangerous.

Do not be afraid to call 911 if you think that you need assistance. You do not want to escalate things further if you believe that another driver means to harm you.

What Should I Do If Someone’s Road Rage Causes an Accident?

Even when we do our best to drive safely, careless drivers can cause accidents with their negligent behavior and aggression. If this happens to you, you should take pictures of the accident scene and call the police. They can fill out a report and get the other driver’s information if you do not feel safe enough to engage them on your own.

Then you should get any injuries treated as soon as possible. Delaying medical treatment can sometimes be used against you when you sue for compensation later. An insurer can say that your injuries must not have been so bad or that you were injured at some point after the accident occurred.

What Kinds of Damages Can I Sue For After a Road Rage Accident?

When you sue for compensation, a fair offer will do more than reimburse you for the economic costs of the accident. Your compensation also needs to address the psychological trauma and suffering you have experienced as a result of the accident. A fair offer should make up for things like:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of earning potential
  • Loss of enjoyment
  • Pain from disability or disfigurement
  • Mental anguish

Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer

So if you think you have a case, contact the Law Offices of George Poulos. We can schedule a consultation for you, and then we can help you fight for the compensation that you deserve.