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Road Rage Liability

Most drivers have seen, if not participated in, road rage. Drivers around the country suffer from an inability to keep calm and stay under control when they disagree with another driver’s speed, maneuvering, and general driving. Road rage is also incredibly dangerous. Incidents of this behavior causing many vehicle accidents are becoming more common as drivers take their aggression on the roads. If you’re affected by a driver afflicted with road rage, can you sue for any damage they cause??

First and foremost, before you can think about suing the other driver for damages, you need to know who the driver is. If you know the individual or have written down his or her license plate, you might be able to pursue a civil suit against him or her to recover compensation for property damage, lost wages, pain and suffering, and medical costs resulting from the driver’s behavior.

Likewise, road rage leading to damage is usually defined as assault and battery. The person responsible for making your day worse is committing a crime by doing so. Battery is the harmful or offensive touching of another person without their consent or privilege; if he or she struck you, this would constitute battery. Assault includes the reasonable apprehension of immediate battery, meaning you fear the person will strike you. The person doesn’t need to touch you for you to have been assaulted.

If you have been harmed by a driver’s road rage, talk to one of our skilled Otsego County car accident attorneys as soon as possible. Scarzafava, Basdekis & Dadey, PLLC is dedicated to helping the victims of personal injury seek compensation for the harm done to them and their property. Let us see what we can do for you.

Contact us at (607) 228-8404 or fill out our online form to schedule a free case consultation with us today.