According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, road rage occurs when a driver commits “a combination of moving traffic offenses to endanger other persons or property.” Not only can aggressive driving and acts of violence be intimidating, but they are also illegal and extremely dangerous. If you have been involved in a car accident due to someone driving aggressively or having a fit of road rage, you may very well be entitled to compensation for not only your injuries and medical expenses, but also any resultant loss of income or the like. To protect your rights and relieve the pressure of dealing with the at-fault individual, it is vitally important to contact an experienced attorney. An attorney can help recover vital information for your case (e.g., police reports related to the accident, statements, and diagrams from road construction specialists). All of this information can be used to aggressively fight for your right to recovery.
Avoiding Aggressive Drivers
The best way to prevent an accident induced by road rage is to avoid eye contact with the upset driver, move out of that driver’s way, and pull over to what you believe is a safe location if the upset driver is following you. It is best to keep in mind the big picture that lives are at stake when driving, and while a driver overtaken by road rage may have no real reason to be upset, it is always better to be the responsible party and do the right thing.
How to Respond in the Event that You are Involved in a Road-Rage or Aggressive Driving Accident
The first thing to do is remember to stay calm in such a tense situation. It’s natural to be upset when an accident is caused by such behavior, but it is best to avoid escalation of any conflict. The next thing to do is call the police and follow the dispatcher’s orders. He or she might advise you to stay in your vehicle depending on the circumstances, and you would do well to comply. Make sure that you document the scene of the accident with pictures and/or video. This information will be vital in litigation of any lawsuit you may file regarding a road-rage or aggressive driving accident. Make sure you seek medical attention right away and contact an experienced road-rage/aggressive driving attorney to protect your rights.
Illinois Time Limits on Filing Suit
Illinois sets a time limit of two years to file a personal injury lawsuit in the state’s civil court system. In most cases, this two-year time limit, known as a “statute of limitations,” begins to run on the date of the accident. Sometimes, however, a statute of limitations might run from the date that you discovered you were injured, rather than the date of the event that injured you. This later date is known as a “discovery date.”
For injury claims against a city or county, you have one year to file a lawsuit. The time limit to sue the state is generally two years, but you must file a formal claim within one year in order to sue.
A qualified personal injury attorney can help guide you through this difficult time and alleviate some of the stress.
To receive the compensation you deserve, contact an experienced attorney right away. For a confidential, compassionate, in-depth, free, and, most importantly, thorough consultation with a Rockford Personal Injury Lawyer about your road rage-related auto accident injury case in Rockford, Belvidere, Freeport, Rochelle, Oregon, Loves Park, Byron, Machesney Park, Roscoe, Rockton, or elsewhere in the State of Illinois, call or text message us at (815) 391-0089, or e-mail us 24/7/365. We offer in-office consultations, and routinely make visits to clients’ homes, hospital rooms, nursing homes, and other off-site locations to make retaining our services as easy as possible.