According to the National Safety Council (NSC), speeding contributed to 26% of U.S. traffic fatalities in 2019, resulting in nearly 9,500 deaths that year. And while the number of speeding-related deaths has been decreasing since 2010, excessive speed is still a factor in many catastrophic car accidents. Drivers who choose to speed put themselves and others on the road in danger. If they cause an accident, they can be liable for negligence. If you or a loved one suffered injuries in an accident due to speeding, contact an auto accident attorney immediately to help you with your personal injury claim.
How Speeding Causes Accidents
Drivers speed for a variety of reasons. Traffic congestion is a primary contributing factor to accidents that involve excessive speed. Being caught in a traffic jam can be frustrating and compel drivers to use aggressive, negligent driving behavior on the road. Additionally, a driver may be running late and rushing to work or an appointment and ignore posted speed limit signs.
Driving over the speed limit increases the risk of a car accident as well as serious injuries. If a vehicle travels at a high rate of speed, the driver may be unable to stop quickly to prevent an accident and may even lose control of the car. Additionally, the protection equipment inside the car may be less effective at high speeds making injuries more severe.
Why You Need an Attorney
If you or a loved one suffered injuries due to a speeding accident, obtaining legal representation will help protect your personal injury claim. An attorney will investigate the accident by gathering evidence, collecting testimony from witnesses, and reviewing traffic camera footage. They may also:
- Talk to and negotiate with insurance companies to maximize your settlement
- Calculate the value of your claim and determine damages
- File a personal injury lawsuit, if needed
An important aspect of your case is to prove the driver who caused the accident was speeding. A driver who was negligent due to excessive speed can be held liable for the victim’s injuries and expenses associated with those injuries. If it was determined that your injuries resulted from a speeding accident, you may be able to recover the following damages:
- Medical bills
- Rehabilitation costs
- Loss of income
- Pain and suffering
Contact Browning Law Firm
If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a speeding car accident, contact Browning Law Firm for a free, no obligation consultation. To schedule an appointment, fill out our convenient contact form, or call us today.