Driving in a city the size of Indianapolis can be a frustrating experience. There is always traffic somewhere, and stoplights, stop signs, slow-moving drivers, and other issues can be maddening—particularly when you need to get somewhere in a hurry.
Sometimes, these difficulties (or a person’s problems at work, home, or other issues) result in aggressive driving. According to the Indiana State Police, aggressive drivers are defined as “those who operate a motor vehicle in a manner which endangers or is likely to endanger person or property.” In fact, aggressive driving is a Class A misdemeanor under Indiana law, and occurs if a driver, during one episode of driving, commits three or more of the following offenses:
- Following too closely
- Unsafe operation of a motor vehicle
- Passing on the right by driving off the roadway
- Unsafe stopping or slowing of a vehicle
- Unnecessarily using the horn
- Failing to yield
- Failing to obey a traffic control device
- Driving at an unsafe speed
- Repeatedly flashing headlights
Aggressive Drivers Can Cause Serious Injuries
When people drive aggressively, it puts everyone around them at risk of a serious injury. Some of the injuries that can occur in accidents caused by aggressive drivers include broken bones, serious soft tissue injuries, facial fractures, burn traumatic brain injuries, contusions, and even spinal cord injuries. When these injuries are serious, they can affect victims for weeks, month, years, or even for the rest of their lives.
Fortunately, under Indiana law, people who are injured by aggressive drivers are typically able to recover compensation for their injuries. Obtaining a settlement or award does not occur automatically, however, and injured victims are often required to jump through significant hoops in order to get the compensation they deserve—all while dealing with the physical and emotional aftermath of a serious accident. For this reason, it is highly advisable for anyone injured by an aggressive driver to retain an Indianapolis car accident lawyer as soon as possible.
How Much Does Legal Representation Cost?
If you’ve been hurt by an aggressive driver, there is a good chance that you are dealing with medical bills, vehicle repairs, and even lost income from being unable to work. With all of these financial stresses, the idea of hiring a lawyer to represent you might seem foolish—especially if the insurance company has expressed that it wants to settle. Fortunately, our lawyers take all of our injury cases on a contingency fee basis, which means that there are no up-front costs associated with hiring a lawyer, and you only will pay legal fees if we win your case.
Call Our Office Today to Speak with a Car Accident Attorney in Indianapolis
If you’ve been hurt in an accident caused by an aggressive driver, you should speak to one of our experienced attorneys as soon as you can. In many cases, we can help victims recover compensation for their losses, including their medical expenses, lost income, lost quality of life, and physical and emotional pain and suffering. To schedule a free case evaluation with a member of our team, call the Law Office of William W. Hurst today at (317) 636-0808 or send us an email through our online contact form.