Road rage unfortunately is part of reality when you are out on an interstate or other busy highway. When drivers get delayed because of congestion they may tend to panic. While this is happening, they may lose control of their vehicles.
Often, this is due to the behavior of the driver in front, who is probably held up for no reason of his or her own. The driver who is in a state of road rage may press the gas and shoot forward and cause a rear-ender. If you have been rear-ended by a driver who is suffering from road age, you may be entitled to file a personal injury compensation claim against the negligent driver. You should talk to a personal injury attorney first before you go ahead with your claim.
What Is the Process for Filing a Personal Injury Claim?
You can never assume you are entitled to compensation until you have gathered together all the required evidence to support your claim. This means ensuring witnesses are prepared to back up your claim, the police report supports your claim and the injuries you have received deem you are eligible for filing a claim.
Your physician will need to provide evidence of your injuries and the medical treatment you have received as well as any future medical treatment you may need. Other documentation you will need includes evidence of payments for medical treatment and transport costs while your car is being repaired plus the cost of repair or replacement of your vehicle.
There are other things you need to think about and that’s ensuring you meet the statute of limitations in your state. This is the amount of time you are given to file your claim after the accident took place. This varies from state to state and can be anything from 12 months to 3 years.
The statute of limitations is less if the injury involved a government worker in a government vehicle. There is also comparative negligence to think about which could affect the amount you are entitled to in a personal injury claim.
What Sorts of Injuries Take Place in a Rear-End Collision Caused by Road Rage?
What injury you received will depend on the impact of the rear-end accident. As a minimum, it could include whiplash, which occurs in sudden accidents when the victim hasn’t time to brace his or her body before the impact takes place. It causes the neck to be thrust forwards and backwards uncontrollably on impact resulting in debilitating pain that could last several months.
Other possible injuries are:
- broken or fractured limbs;
- back injuries;
- torso injuries;
- facial lacerations if any glass was broken on impact.
Will You Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?
Few personal injury claims are ever successful if you, the victim, decide to represent yourself, so it’s in your best interest to talk to a sympathetic personal injury attorney who will professionally and calmly guide you through the personal injury compensation process. By completing the Free Case Evaluation form on this page, you will be connected to a personal injury lawyer who can help with the success of you claim.