Charleston Road Rage Car Accidents Lawyer

Charleston Road Rage Car Accidents Lawyer

Road rage occurs when a driver uses their vehicle or a weapon to assault other motorists or passengers. It arises when the driver engages in dangerous or irrational behavior behind the wheel, such as by committing traffic offenses or displaying uncontrolled anger toward others on the road. Road rage accidents take place all too frequently on South Carolina’s highways and roadways.

Aggressive, reckless driving not only endangers people by causing serious injuries, but it can also be blamed for countless deaths each year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that aggressive driving and road rage caused 1,350 collisions from 2009 to 2014. In 2011 alone, road rage directly resulted in 289 deaths nationwide. South Carolina residents are especially at risk of such accidents. South Carolina is ranked third on the NHTSA’s list of states with the worst drivers and seventh in terms of speeding and careless driving.

Road rage has its roots in aggressive driving. Many common driving habits observed on American roads are considered aggressive. However, people are often willing to overlook such behavior as being the norm, whether it is speeding or failure to observe stop signs. Road rage often begins as aggressive driving that includes one or more of the following:

  • Tailgating
  • Speeding
  • Running red lights or stop signs
  • Weaving in and out of traffic
  • Blocking lanes or making improper lane changes
  • Failing to signal
  • Passing on the shoulder or in the opposite lane
  • Driving slowly in the passing lane
  • Cutting other drivers off

While many drivers may experience moments of frustration feeling slightly annoyed is not the same as exhibiting road rage. One of the key differences between road rage and aggressive driving is that the latter is not done with the intent to harm. A driver exhibiting road rage engages in irresponsible, violent behavior to the point where they feel retaliating against another motorist is justified. Road rage is often exacerbated by drinking, drug use, mental instability or outside stressors related to one’s personal or professional life. Road rage is more than a driver simply losing their temper. It puts the lives of the driver and those around them in danger.

When road rage results in a car crash causing injury or death, the aggressive driver can be found liable for damages, depending on the type of accident. The most common examples of aggressive driving behavior that may qualify as road rage include:

  • Purposely hitting another car
  • Running another vehicle off the road
  • Pulling over and attempting to engage in a physical confrontation with another driver
  • Using a weapon to harm another driver or car
  • Making gestures or being verbally abusive
  • Honking
  • Flashing headlights

According to preliminary data from NHTSA, more than 981 people died in motor vehicle accidents on South Carolina highways and roadways in 2016. The leading causes of the fatalities were speeding, failure to yield the right of way, following too closely, improper lane usage and driving under the influence. Such aggressive driving behaviors are commonly associated with road rage.

Auto Accident Lawyers Representing Charleston & nearby areas of South Carolina

If you or a family member has been hurt in a road rage accident caused by the reckless actions of an aggressive driver, contact the lawyers at Steinberg Law Firm today by calling 843-720-2800 for a free review of your case. Our experienced car accident attorneys are dedicated to providing high-quality representation and legal support so that you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries. We serve clients throughout Charleston, Goose Creek, Summerville and surrounding areas in South Carolina. Let us investigate the circumstances of your accident and deal with powerful insurance companies so you do not have to.

Practice Areas

Results

WE HAVE RECOVERED OVER $500 MILLION FOR CLIENTS IN THE LAST 10 YEARS, INCLUDING:

$3.15 Million

Car accident settlement

$1.45 Million

Fatal Car Accident

Leaders in the Legal Industry

Steinberg attorneys have been awarded numerous distinctions, such as Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America by U.S. News & World Report, Gedney M. Howe, Jr. Award for Outstanding Public Service, the SC Leadership in Law award, and has been voted Best Workers’ Comp Firm in SC, among other distinctions.

Recognized by SuperLawyers
Multi-Million Dollar Advocates
Top 10 Attorney and Practice Magazine's Top 10 Workers' Compensation Law Firm
Best Lawyers | Best Law Firms
Better Business Bureau A+ Rating
AV Preeminent 5 Stars
Top 100 Trial Lawyers
AVVO 10/10
Listed in Best Lawyers
National Top 1 Percent
10 Best Client Satisfaction
Charleston's Choice Winner
Best of the Best Lawyers
Steinberg Law Firm is an Award Winning Personal Injury Law Firm

What Our Clients Say

They have amazing lawyers!

They have worked on an impossible situation and exceeded all expectations in the resulting settlements. I would recommend the Steinberg Law Firm to anyone and everyone!

My experience was excellent

From the first consultation to the end of my case I was kept updated step by step. My attorney worked hard for me and got me more than what I expected.

I never felt like I was alone

My lawyer and his Paralegal were right with me the entire case. I never felt like I was alone. At every turn they were in my corner. Someone recommended me to Steinberg law firm and I gladly would do the same for someone else.

I couldn't have asked for better

The people from the Steinberg group are top-notch. They handled my case extremely well, I couldn’t have asked for a better performance. Thank you all so much for all you did for me.

I am grateful for them!

At my worst, they honestly and carefully protected and defended my family on multiple levels. I’m a client for life and the integrity of this law firm is unmatched. Thank You Steinberg Law Family!!!

The people are thoughtful and professional

Questions and concerns always get answered and concerns are taken care of. Thank you all at Steinburg for a good experience and for showing me that you care about your clients.

The best law firm

This the best law firm anyone could ever deal with. Mr. Pearlman will work hard to get everything that is owed to you. It was a pleasure to have been represented by this firm.

A wonderful experience

Had a wonderful experience with Mr. Pearlman and his team. Thank you very much for your diligence and expertise.

I highly recommend them

They work as a team providing the best referrals and assistance to accomplish what my family and I needed. I highly recommend them because you won’t be disappointed.