Knoxville Road Rage Accidents
Motor Vehicle Collision Lawyers Serving the Knoxville Area
Have you ever felt intimidated by another driver honking the horn, yelling curse words at you, or directing an inappropriate hand gesture towards you? If so, the other driver was likely experiencing road rage. Road rage accidents occur when at least one driver exhibits aggressive or violent behavior and causes a collision. If you have been injured in this type of crash, call Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz. Our Knoxville car accident attorneys are ready to take your call and help point you in the right direction. We have assisted people injured in car wrecks in Knoxville for more than 30 years.
Road Rage Accidents in Knoxville
Between 2007 and 2017, road rage was listed as a contributing factor to nearly 3,000 motor vehicle accidents across Tennessee. Common signs of road rage are excessive honking of the horn, tailgating, weaving in and out of traffic, yelling at other drivers, making obscene gestures, speeding, and taking action designed to intimidate somebody else on the road.
A driver losing his or her composure behind the wheel is one of the first steps before colliding with another car. For example, frantically weaving in and out of traffic on Interstate 40 with little regard for other vehicles is one way to establish the defendant’s failure to maintain a safe lookout. Showing that another driver breached a duty owed to you to drive safely will be a critical aspect of your case. Otherwise, you may not be able to satisfy your legal burden of proving negligence, which means you may not recover compensation for your losses.
Road rage accidents have a tendency to produce injuries, as many of them occur with little to no opportunity for the other driver to brace for the impact. This is often the case in a speeding accident. In Tennessee, a car wreck victim may pursue compensatory damages caused by the defendant’s negligence. These are designed to make the victim whole, as if the wreck never occurred in the first place. Compensatory damages are normally broken down into economic damages (such as medical bills and lost wages) and non-economic damages (such as pain and suffering, mental anguish, and loss of enjoyment of life).
By exhibiting road rage, a driver’s conduct may give rise to recklessness, which per Tenn. Code Ann. § 55-10-205 is driving “in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property.” Proving recklessness can allow you to recover punitive damages, a special class of damages designed to punish a defendant rather than compensate the victim for a particular loss. When determining the amount of punitive damages to be awarded, relevant information will include the nature and reprehensibility of the defendant’s conduct. An experienced car accident lawyer in the Knoxville area can identify all forms of damages that you may be entitled to pursue.
Sometimes it is easy to give into the temptation of responding to one driver’s road rage with road rage of your own. If you engage in such behavior, the defendant may have grounds to assert comparative fault against you. This defense could reduce your damages award if a judge or jury finds you to be partially responsible for the collision. Tennessee follows modified comparative fault, which means the plaintiff will not recover damages if his or her negligence is deemed to be 50% or greater.
Call NST for a Free Consultation on Your Auto Accident Case
If you have been hurt in a road rage accident, a Knoxville lawyer may be able to represent you and assist you in recovering fair compensation for your losses. Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz represents car crash victims throughout Tennessee, including in Knoxville. Contact us by calling 800-LAW-4004 or by completing our online form for a free consultation with a motor vehicle crash attorney. Let us explain to you why NST is the way to go.