Aggressive Driving Accidents
When we pull out onto the public roads of Florida, we expect that all other drivers around us will abide by the same rules and regulations as us. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, and people driver recklessly, succumb to distractions, decide to drink before getting behind the wheel, and in some cases drive very aggressively.
Getting into an accident with an aggressive driver can be very upsetting and frustrating, especially when you are recovering from your injuries and realize how easily the accident could have been avoided if the other driver had chosen to obey the rules of the road and respect the safety of everyone else around them. Since this was not the case, it is important that you understand the options that are available to you in the form of a personal injury lawsuit and possible settlement agreements with insurance companies.
Read more below about how we at Abercrombie, P.A. will help you handle your insurance claims process, negotiations, calculating damages, and ultimately how we will represent you through a personal injury lawsuit if we are required to take your case to the Florida court system. Contact us now for a free initial consultation where you can speak with an experienced legal professional about your accident, the injuries you have endured, the financial impact that they have had on your life, and learn about how we are ready to help.
What To Do After Getting In An Accident With An Aggressive Driver
It is understandable that one of your first reactions after being involved in an accident with an aggressive driver is to get excited and let your adrenaline take control. However, this is not the appropriate response, and may ultimately damage your case if you need to seek damages later on. Instead, make sure that you and all of your passengers are safe, and take a moment to collect yourself. If anyone is seriously injured, make sure that the police and other emergency services are notified immediately.
If you are able to, get to safety as quickly as possible. If you are injured or suspect that one of your passengers is seriously injured, it is not recommended that you try to move them unless it is absolutely necessary. When EMTs arrive on the scene, accept medical attention if you require it. Not only will the ensure that you are getting the attention that you need immediately, but it will establish a record of your injury. This record will come in handy during our negotiations or lawsuit.
Make sure that you receive a copy of the accident report and any arrest records or citations that are issued to the aggressive driver, as well as any possible eyewitness accounts to verify that the other driver was acting recklessly and dangerously. Since Florida is a comparative fault state, it is important that we clearly indicate that the other driver was very much at fault.
Contact an Attorney
After you have gotten the appropriate medical attention, contact an attorney as soon as possible to begin working on your case. The sooner you begin working on this process, the more time you will have to build a strong case with ample time before the statute of limitations runs out.
You may decide to deal with the insurance company first, to see if you can get a quick settlement. It will be in their best interest to encourage you to take the quick settlement, but this amount is almost never what you actually deserve. An insurance company is interested in protecting their bottom line above all else, and your situation will not be an exception.
Working Through an Insurance Claim With an Attorney
After an accident, you will need to deal with an insurance claims adjuster who will investigate your case and ultimately determine how much money they are willing to offer you. This offer may be made in a way that seems it is your only option, but in fact, this is only a beginning to negotiations about the amount you are truly owed.
When you are working with an experienced team such as Abercrombie, P.A., you can relax knowing that these negotiations are being handled aggressively. In the event that we are unable to reach a settlement agreement, we will then prepare to file a lawsuit and take your case to court in order to recover the damages you are rightfully owed.