Aggressive driving is a blanket term used to describe a wide range of motorist behaviors. Various types of aggressive driving are responsible for a significant portion of auto accidents throughout the United States. Please continue reading to learn more about what constitutes “aggressive driving” and how a dedicated New York City car accident lawyer from Mirza Law can help you fight for compensation if you’ve been injured in an accident involving an aggressive driver. Here are some of the questions you may have:
What are some examples of aggressive driving?
Aggressive driving can come in several forms. Just some of the most common examples of aggressive driving are as follows:
- Exceeding the speed limit
- Weaving in and out of lanes
- Gesturing at other motorists
- Tailing other drivers too closely
- Not using turn signals
- Running red lights or stop signs
- Flashing high beams at other drivers
- Cutting other drivers off
- Failure to yield
- Making illegal turns
If you were harmed in an auto accident caused by a driver exhibiting any of the aforementioned behaviors, you are most likely entitled to financial compensation, however, you and your attorney will first have to satisfy the burden of proof in your personal injury claim.
How do I win a personal injury claim?
To satisfy the burden of proof, simply put, you must prove that you were injured as a direct result of another driver’s negligence. If you can, you should take certain steps after your accident to help document exactly how the incident occurred. This can include:
- Calling 911 and ensuring a police report is written up.
- Asking witnesses for contact information.
- Taking pictures of any damage to vehicles or property.
- Seeking immediate medical treatment and keeping all medical documentation pertaining to your injuries.
- Hiring a seasoned personal injury lawyer who can work to uncover all other relevant evidence, including traffic camera footage of the accident itself.
How long do I have to file a personal injury claim in New York?
In most cases, accident victims will have three years from the date of their accident to file a personal injury claim, in accordance with the state’s statute of limitations. Though this sounds like a lot of time, the truth is, it is always better to file a claim sooner, rather than later. As time goes on, witnesses disappear, memories fade, and it becomes overall more challenging to prove that your injury was a result of something that happened, say, a year and a half ago.
If you have any additional questions or you believe you have a valid personal injury claim, please don’t hesitate to contact Mirza Law for help today.