We are all busy. We are all in a rush. Likely, this is our state on a daily basis. Sometimes, when things do not go our way, especially when we are driving on the road and sitting in traffic, road rage may erupt. This can happen in a matter of seconds. What you may have thought would be another routine, run-of-the-mill, day can quickly take a turn for the worst. In 2017, news media reported that a Las Vegas man shot and killed another driver because he thought that person was driving too slowly and braking too often.
Road rage is not an accident, although it may result in an accident. In fact, road rage is a serious offense under Nevada law. If you are the victim of a Nevada road rage, know that you may have the right to recover monetary compensation from the aggressor.
Nevada Law: Civil Claims
A skilled Las Vegas personal injury attorney will review your case thoroughly and help determine whether or not you have any additional claims. For example, if you have physical injuries resulting from road rage there may be a claim for assault and a claim for battery under Nevada law. It is important to understand that assault and/or battery claims require intentional, unlawful, physical contact with another. Therefore, if the other driver intentionally runs you off of the road with his or her vehicle, you may have a valid assault and battery claim. Another claim that may result from a road rage confrontation is intentional infliction of emotional distress.
Road Rage: Recovering Damages
When a claim regarding road rage is brought against an at-fault party, the victim has the ability to seek several types of damages under Nevada law. At the most basic, you may recover monetary compensation for medical bills resulting from your injuries. In addition, however, you may also be able to recover damages for your vehicle. If the accident and resulting injuries caused you to miss work, you may be able to recover lost wages. There are also non-economic damages that may be sought by a Nevada road rage victim who has suffered injuries. These may include loss of injured limbs, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and other damages that may be awarded in a Nevada road rage case. Working with a skilled Las Vegas personal injury attorney will help you understand how all of these damages are determined, and whether or not you may be able to recover them based on the specific facts of your case.
Legal Help in Nevada
You do not have to go through this difficult time alone. The attorneys at Parry & Pfau have the knowledge, skills, and dedication to properly represent you or your loved one in your Nevada personal injury case. If you or someone you care about has been hurt in a Nevada car accident involving road rage or have suffered any other personal injury, contact us today to speak with one of our attorneys.
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