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Seeking compensation in cases involving aggressive driving

Aggressive driving is a commonplace on our roadways, and we usually know it when we see it. To be sure we know what it is, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration points out that aggressive driving can involve a number of moving violations, especially speeding, but it always puts other motorists at risk.

The extent of the risk from aggressive driving is significant, both in terms of human life and financial costs. According to the Insurance Information Institute, over half of fatal motor vehicle accidents in 2012 involved some form of aggressive driving. And according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over $99 billion was lost in 2010 to medical costs and lost productivity as a result of accidents 

When one is harmed by an aggressive motorist, it is critical to have help in holding that motorist accountable. Personal injury litigation has the goal of ensuring that an accident victim receives adequate compensation for his or her injuries and other losses. Presenting a strong case for liability is important in these cases, of course, but it is also important to build a strong case for damages.

Damages include not only those which are compensatory in nature, such as medical bills, lost wages, and similar costs, but also non-compensatory damages, such as pain and suffering and loss of companionship. In addition to these types of damages, another possibility in cases of aggressive driving is punitive damages. These are damages which, rather than seeking to compensate a crash victim for his or her losses, financial or otherwise, has the aim of punishing the offender in a civil context.

In our next post, we'll look a bit more at the issue of punitive damages. 

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