Road rage accidents should never happen. However, for too many drivers in the Cleveland area, aggressive driving escalates to a road rage incident in which someone gets hurt. As the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety explains, “millions of drivers engage . . . in angry and aggressive behaviors” behind the wheel. Some of those behaviors lead to motor vehicle crashes.
If you or someone you love got hurt or sustained fatal injuries a collision caused by a driver with road rage, it is extremely important to seek help from a lawyer. As an experienced Cleveland accident attorney, I routinely assist clients with many different kinds of car accident claims, and I can speak with you today about filing a road rage accident case.
Defining Road Rage in Cleveland, Ohio
What is road rage? AAA says road rage results from “extreme cases of aggressive driving” escalating on the road. First, I will tell you what AAA defines as aggressive driving:
- Driving too fast for the conditions;
- Driving beyond the posted speed limit;
- Following too closely behind another car;
- Cutting off other drivers;
- Running red lights or stop signs;
- Weaving in traffic;
- Changing lanes without using your turn signal;
- Punishing other drivers by flashing your lights or honking your horn; and
- Trying to block a car that wants to pass you.
Any of these actions, as you might be able to guess, can cause a severe or deadly collision. Road rage behaviors are even worse. According to AAA, road rage may include but is not limited to the following types of behaviors:
- Making obscene gestures toward another driver;
- Cursing at another driver;
- Throwing objects at another vehicle;
- Ramming into another vehicle;
- Sideswiping a car on purpose; or
- Forcing another driver off the road.
Timeline for Filing a Road Rage Claim in Ohio
Under Ohio law, you will most likely have two years from the date of the road rage accident to file a lawsuit. You should know that this time window will go by more quickly than you might think, and if you do not file a lawsuit in a timely manner, you will be barred from filing a civil claim. Indeed, once the two-year time window on the statute of limitations closes, you will have a time-barred claim. Do not wait to get in touch with me for help with your case.
Contact Me for More Information About Filing an Accident Claim
Were you injured in a car accident in or around Cleveland caused by a driver with road rage? You deserve to seek financial compensation for your injuries. There is no excuse for another driver becoming so enraged on the road that she or he causes a collision in which other people get hurt.
As a Cleveland accident lawyer, I have years of experience representing injury victims in many different types of motor vehicle crash claims. I want to make clear to you that I will do everything I can to help you hold the at-fault driver accountable for aggressive behavior behind the wheel. I’ll Make Them Pay!® Call my office today at 877.944.4373 to learn more about how I can help you.