What is road rage?
Road rage is defined as: anger and aggressive behavior by a driver who is upset by how another person is driving. Also road rage is defined as a motorist’s uncontrolled anger that is usually provoked by another motorist’s irritating act and is expressed in aggressive or violent behavior reckless
Road rage in injury law is defined as:
a drivers violent and reckless driving which causes intentional injury to another.
Road rage often stems from the drivers inability to process anger in a safe channeled environment without causing injury or inconvenience to others. Road rage is a recently coined term and there are often serious back, neck, and head trauma cases as a result.
Road rage often involves bicyclists and cars in Portland. Road rage is often perpetrated by people who are physically abusive, according to the Oregonian’s Joseph Rose.
Special consideration with accident injuries involving road rage
When thinking about settlement value for pain and suffering a skilled lawyer will evaluate whether there are enough facts to support an aggravated liability claim and possibly punitive damages. While most car insurance policies cover only negligent injury causing behavior, the question with any road rage injury case to be asked is whether there will even be insurance coverage. The car accident claim may be voided if it is found that the car crash accident was intentional.
Punitive damage awards are usually added to the lawsuit with permission of the court and only upon a sufficient factual showing. In Oregon punitive damages awards partially go to the state and so given the complexity of punitive damages its best to confer with a seasoned injury lawyer at the earliest stages of the case.
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