Aggressive Driving Accidents
Some drivers who are in a hurry use this as an excuse to drive aggressively, putting other motorists and pedestrians at risk. In other cases, drivers may engage in aggressive behavior simply because they lack patience or fail to appreciate the consequences of their actions. South Carolina law prohibits reckless driving, which encompasses aggressive driving tactics like tailgating, speeding, rapid lane changes, and running red lights. Dedicated Greenville and Spartanburg car accident lawyer Patrick E. Knie and the staff at the Knie & Shealy Law Offices provide knowledgeable legal counsel to victims in many areas of South Carolina.Seeking Compensation for an Aggressive Driving Accident
To recover compensation from an aggressive driver who caused your injuries, you must prove the four separate elements of a negligence action. First, you must show that the reckless driver owed a duty of care to you. In most situations, each of us owes a duty to others around us to take reasonable precautions and refrain from actions that create avoidable risks. For drivers, this means obeying applicable traffic laws, paying attention to the road, and taking other motorists’ and pedestrians’ well-being into account.
Evidence that a driver violated a South Carolina statute or traffic rule at the time of a crash would be persuasive in showing that the driver breached this duty. For example, South Carolina statute section 56-5-2920 prohibits any person who operates a motor vehicle from driving in a way that suggests a wanton or willful disregard for the safety of property or other people. Courts have interpreted this standard as meaning that the defendant acted negligently and was aware of this negligence at the time of the action. After a motor vehicle crash, it is common for the police to arrive on the scene. If a traffic accident report is prepared, it may include information about any statutory or traffic violations that occurred in relation to the accident.
The third step of a negligence claim is known as causation. The plaintiff must prove that the defendant’s breach of the standard of care was the reason that he or she was hurt, rather than some other factor. Finally, the plaintiff must provide evidence that supports the types of damages that he or she has claimed in the lawsuit. In many situations, the victim may pursue past and future medical expenses, missed wages, diminished earning capacity, pain and suffering, and repairs to a vehicle. Keeping thorough records of the expenses that you incur related to an accident is a critical step to take in seeking the compensation that you deserve.Enlist a Car Accident Lawyer in Greenville or Spartanburg
At the Knie & Shealy Law Offices, we understand how traumatic a traffic accident can be for a victim and the victim’s family. Due to the nature of aggressive driving accidents, the injuries that result may be severe and life-altering. Spartanburg and Greenville car accident attorney Patrick E. Knie can assist you with preparing each aspect of your claim and asserting your right to the damages that your family and you have sustained. We represent victims in Greenville, Cherokee, Spartanburg, Laurens, and Union Counties, among other areas, and we provide a free consultation to help you determine the nature of your legal options. Call us at (864) 582-5118 or contact us online to set up a free consultation with a motor vehicle collision attorney.