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What to Know About Road Rage Accidents in California

California traffic can be frustrating. Whether it’s the slow crawl on the freeway, gridlocked city streets, or difficulty finding beach parking, one’s patience can wear thin. However, road rage is never an appropriate response because it is dangerous and only puts other drivers and pedestrians at risk. Road rage accidents can be severe, and victims can suffer from catastrophic injuries. If an aggressive driver in California has injured you, you may have the legal right to pursue monetary compensation for your injuries and other losses. 

Benchmark Injury Law personal injury attorneys and case managers understand how disruptive and overwhelming car accident injuries can be.  The team at Benchmark Injury law is proud to take a personalized, values-based approach to every case to address each client’s unique needs. When you retain Benchmark Injury Law, you can feel confident that your team will thoroughly investigate your case and help you navigate California’s complex legal process. 

What Is a California Road Rage Incident?

Road rage is a type of aggressive driving behavior that is negligent or even reckless. It is often accompanied by a heated emotional response, which can contribute to an accident or even a physical altercation upon another driver. While road rage may start as honking, yelling, or obscene gestures, it can quickly escalate into dangerous driving behaviors. Some behaviors associated with road rage include the following:

  • Ignoring red lights or stop signs
  • Speeding
  • Tailgating
  • Brake checking
  • Slowing down to prevent other drivers from moving
  • Cutting off other drivers
  • Failing to use the turn signal when changing lanes
  • Swerving between lanes unexpectedly
  • Riding between lanes

This is by no means an exhaustive list, and perhaps you have witnessed or been the recipient of other types of dangerous behavior. However, one thing is certain: road rage endangers others on the road. When you partner with a skilled attorney, they will investigate your case to determine the specific cause of your accident and establish the other driver’s negligence or recklessness. 

Proving Liability in a California Road Rage Accident

To successfully prove a road rage accident claim, your case must include specific elements to establish the aggressive driver’s liability. A trusted attorney can help you build a strong accident claim that demonstrates the following:

  • The defendant owed you a duty of care to act reasonably and responsibly on the road
  • The defendant breached their duty of care by behaving negligently or recklessly
  • The violation of the duty of care directly caused your accident
  • The accident resulted in your bodily injuries, harm, and other losses.

In California, all drivers owe others on the road a duty of care to act responsibly to avoid causing accidents. When a driver violates this duty, they may be held liable through a car accident claim. 

At Benchmark Injury Law, our skilled car accident attorney recognizes that no two car accidents are exactly the same. When you hire our firm, we will work tirelessly to collect evidence to support your unique claim. Our team will leave no stone unturned as we investigate your case so you can pursue the maximum compensation available and hold the aggressive driver fully accountable for your injuries. 

Speak to a Seasoned California Car Accident Attorney Today

After a road rage accident, you may be feeling unsure of what action you need to take to pursue your car accident claim. If you have suffered injuries due to another driver’s aggressive behavior, you may have grounds to pursue a car accident claim for your injuries and other losses. At Benchmark Injury Law, our team of personal injury attorneys and case managers aims to be a pillar of support during this challenging time. Let us take the burden of your legal claim, and let us fight for the best possible outcome on your behalf. 

To learn more about how we can help you and schedule a complimentary consultation, call us today at (949) 504-9031 or complete our contact form.

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