Road rage occurs when a driver exhibits angry, aggressive behavior on the roadway in an effort to intimidate other drivers or relieve stress. This can take any of the following forms:
- Rude or inappropriate gestures
- Yelling and hurling insults
- Deliberately running other vehicles off the road
- Forcing other drivers into a physical confrontation
- Making threats
- Intentionally colliding with other vehicles
- Brandishing weapons
- Encouraging passengers to engage in any of the above
What Charges Can Be Brought in Cases of Road Rage?
People who engage in these behaviors on the road put other drivers at immediate risk of being harmed and can thereby be charged on counts of assault. Aggressive drivers can also be charged with battery if they make or attempt to make contact with another driver, whether in a physical altercation or by colliding with their vehicle. If you press charges against a driver whose road rage has harmed you, you may be able to seek compensation.
What Kind of Compensation Can I Pursue in a Road Rage Case?
If the court determines that a driver is guilty of road rage, they can be held liable for your medical bills, car repairs, lost wages, and other costs incurred because of their behavior. If you bring a civil lawsuit against your offender, they can be charged on the basis of intentional wrongs (or intentional torts). If they are convicted, you can seek punitive damages intended to cover your own expenses and penalize the driver for exhibiting reckless or deliberately harmful behavior.
Experienced Car Accident Lawyers in Austin
It is in your best interest to act immediately when an aggressive, road-raging driver puts you in harm’s way or injures you. The sooner you act, the greater your chances are of receiving the compensation you will need to cover auto repairs, medical expenses, and other damages. Our team of Austin car accident attorneys at David Komie Law is here to help you get what you deserve. We are prepared to help you seek payment for damages and do whatever it takes to help you recover after being victimized in a road rage incident.