Aggressive Driving Accidents in Fort Myers
Driving in Fort Myers can be intimidating to even the most experienced drivers, especially those drivers who are visiting from out of town and are not familiar with the expansive multi-lane highways that run into and across the city. This intimidating experience can be made even more uncomfortable and dangerous when there is an aggressive driver on the road that is both distracting and scaring the people around them. In addition to this intimidation, aggressive drivers are also breaking traffic laws that are designed to keep everyone safe while in transit.
Aggressive Drivers Are Dangerous
Aggressive driving increases the risk of an accident, for many different reasons. Getting into a crash with someone who was driving aggressively is even scarier than simply sharing the road with them since the driver has already shown that they can be belligerent and possibly hostile before the accident. Victims of the accident may fear for their safety after the accident, which is why it is so important to stay calm and measured following this type of collision.
Hire a Fort Myers Aggressive Driving Accident Attorney Today
If you have been injured in an accident caused by an aggressive driver, then you have legal rights that must be upheld as you are seeking compensation. Since it was the other driver’s decisions and recklessness that caused the accident, and therefore your injuries, they must also be held accountable for the financial impacts that the crash has had, and will continue to have, on your life.
The team at Chappell Law Group is available for a free initial consultation, which you can request from our website or by calling us at 239-337-9875. The sooner you contact us, the sooner we will be able to discuss the details of your accident and explain more about the ways that we can help you.
Read more below about some overview information pertaining to what to expect following an accident with an aggressive driver. Contact us now to speak with us about your unique situation today.
What To Do After a Fort Myers Aggressive Driving Accident
Prioritize Your Safety
As with any accident, the most important thing to do is to prioritize your own health and safety, and that of your passengers. Assess the situation to determine whether or not you should exit your vehicle and speak with the aggressive driver, or remain where you are until the Fort Myers police arrive.
Whether you or someone else at the scene is the one to call, it is important that a 911 dispatcher is alerted as soon as possible so they can alert the police, fire department, and EMTs. If the aggressive driver is acting in an intimidating manner, be sure to alert the 911 dispatcher of this information so the police know what to expect.
Get Medical Attention
Whether or not you think that your injuries are serious, make sure that you allow the EMTs to give you an examination at the scene of the accident. This is obviously important for your health, but it is equally important that you get as many records of your injuries as possible, from as early as possible. Whether or not you are taken to the emergency room, make sure that you see a doctor immediately for another, more thorough exam for these same reasons.
Hire a Lawyer
You will need to file an insurance claim with the other driver’s insurance company within a set number of days after the accident, which is a fairly simple task. However, from the moment you file this claim the insurance company springs to action in order to find every reason possible to limit the settlement they ultimately pay. When you hire a lawyer from the start, you can be confident that someone is taking their own actions to maximize your payment.
Some Common Examples of Aggressive Driving
Someone can exhibit a wide range of behaviors that can be considered aggressive driving, but some of the most common are as follows:
- Excessive speeding
- Flicking high beams repeatedly
- Cutting someone off and then hitting the brakes
- Swerving or threatening to swerve at another driver
- Passing in no-pass zones
- Making violent or aggressive gestures
- Shouting obscenities or threats
Of course, there are many other examples of aggressive driving beyond those listed above. Regardless of whether or not your own situation is mentioned above, contact us as soon as possible to request your consultation so that we can begin working on your case immediately. You deserve compensation for your injuries and both the financial and emotional impacts of this accident, and we are here to help you get it.