Can I pursue a car accident claim if my crash was caused intentionally?
We have all come across an aggressive driver at some point. It is very easy to spot them. You may see aggressive drivers tailgating. They may make rude gestures, honk, shout at other drivers, or drive in a manner that could endanger others. Some even get out of their cars to confront other drivers.
Many crashes linked to aggressive driving have been caused intentionally due to road rage. If you encounter an aggressive driver, the best thing to do is stay as far away as possible. Call the police. Or drive to the nearest police station if you are being chased or violently assaulted.
How can I pursue a claim against an aggressive driver?
If an aggressive driver or road rager caused your crash, you may be under the impression that you can easily pursue a claim against the driver's insurance company. Unfortunately, pursuing a claim is very complex. Insurance companies will leverage whatever they can to downplay or deny your claim.
If your crash was caused intentionally rather than by negligence, the at-fault driver's insurance company may attempt to deny your claim. They would do this by arguing that it wasn't really an accident. They can do this because car insurance policies typically only cover negligence. If the driver who hit you was arrested and criminally charged, your option would be to sue the driver in court.
What if the driver who hit me left the scene of the crash?
If the driver who hit you took off after the crash, then you may be able to pursue compensation through your own uninsured and underinsured motorist policy. Uninsured motorist coverage pays for medical expenses while you recover from your injuries. Uninsured motorist coverage is required for all Illinois drivers.
Why hire an attorney to handle my aggressive driving crash case?
If you were injured in a crash caused by aggressive driving or road rage, it's critical that you consult with an experienced Chicago car accident attorney. The attorneys at Coplan + Crane can launch a thorough investigation, even if negligence didn't play a role in your crash. They can find evidence to help you build a strong legal claim.
Handling a complex case like yours takes skill. It also takes a wealth of legal knowledge and determination to help you get the compensation you deserve. To further discuss the legal options available to you, contact Coplan + Crane online and schedule your free and confidential case evaluation.