Road Rage Auto Accidents
Road rage auto accidents have risen in the past decade. For many years, Atlanta residents prided themselves on gracious courteous driving. But in Atlanta and around Georgia, road rage car crashes are another part of modern life and drivers seem to be more impatient than ever in sharing the road graciously.
Atlanta road rage auto accidents lawyer Charles Scholle, knows that when you are the victim of a road rage accident and have been injured, you have experienced a serious trauma for which you need legal representation. Charles Scholle is a highly rated and very experienced injury and accident lawyer with the compassion and dedication to help you through recovery from road rage imposed on you and / or your family members.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) views road rage as “a criminal offense and ‘an assault with a motor vehicle or other dangerous weapon by the operator or passenger(s) of one motor vehicle on the operator or passenger(s) of another motor vehicle or is caused by an incident that occurred on a roadway.’ ” Georgia law does not specifically provide for the crime of road rage, but law enforcement would most likely charge this under our reckless driving or related statutes. Injured victims can also bring a civil action against the party or parties who have committed road rage and caused them harm.
Charles Scholle has the tenacity and skill to seek all the financial recovery to which you might be entitled, such as medical expenses, property damage and potentially even punitive damages to compensate you for the conduct of the other driver or passengers after a road rage car accident.
Official Code of Georgia Annotated section 51-12-5.1 states that punitive damages (also known as vindictive or exemplary damages) constitute an additional damages award when aggravating circumstances occur that would warrant the defendant be penalized, punished or deterred from the acts that caused the injury in the first instance. Road rage is an aggravating circumstance that the punitive damages statute contemplates. These damages may be awarded under O.C.G.A. section 51-12-5.1 (b) which provides that punitive damages may be awarded when it is proven by clear and convincing evidence that a “defendant's actions showed willful misconduct, malice, fraud, wantonness, oppression, or that entire want of care which would raise the presumption of conscious indifference to consequences.”
When a driver becomes enraged behind the wheel of his or her motor vehicle, this can constitute a conscious indifference to consequences, as the vehicle becomes a dangerous instrument that can cause severe injury and wrongful death. Victims must evaluate their rights to file a civil action for their property damage and injuries, even if there is a criminal action proceeding by law enforcement against the offending driver. Such a criminal action might include a reckless driving charge.
These incidents can be very frightening. If you have ever had anyone hit your car on purpose or get out of a vehicle to scream at you, you know the feeling. When road rage escalates it can be absolutely terrifying and extremely harmful.
No road or situation is immune from a road rage crash. These dangerous behaviors can involve big rig trucks with drivers who are under pressure to deliver goods, passenger cars driven by impatient drivers and even vehicles simply vying for parking spots. The stakes are very high in road rage motor vehicle collisions. Usually these involve the intentional use of a vehicle or weapon by one driver on another. Even passengers can participate in road rage and can be involved in causing harm. Road rage can involve a high-speed chase with an enraged driver following another driver or a purposeful collision. Sometimes, an enraged driver can exit a vehicle to assault the other driver and cause injury.
Scholle Law, successfully represents individuals and families who have been injured in road rage auto accidents. We provide a FREE consultation to evaluate your situation and we do not get paid until we get financial recovery for you.
Please contact Scholle Law or call toll-free 1-866-972-5287 or in Atlanta (770) 717-5100 to set up a consultation regarding your road rage auto accident – our evaluation is free of charge and carries no obligation.
If you or a family member has suffered a road rage auto accident injury, Scholle Law, P. C. has offices in Gwinnett County, the Perimeter, Buckhead and Decatur for your convenience.