Speeding is a result of driving past a posted speed limit or going too fast for weather conditions. Speeding car accidents can turn out to be heavily detrimental. There are many consequences to speeding, from loss of vehicle control to property damage to death. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration speeding was the cause of 27 percent of fatal car accidents in 2015 with 9,557 fatalities. If you have been a victim of a speeding-related accident and can provide evidence that the other driver was driving at a dangerous speed, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact an experienced car accident attorney today with Steinberg Law Firm to discuss your options.
Speeding car accidents are dangerous because speeding drivers have less time and space to react. If a driver is going 80 miles per hour, their vehicle covers 117 feet per second. With the average reaction time at approximately 1.5 seconds when driving, the vehicle would have already covered around 175 feet. Therefore, if someone is speeding at 80 miles and sees an unexpected hazard 200 feet ahead, there is not enough time and space to escape a potentially fatal crash. In such a case, the speeding driver would be at fault for any resulting accident.
Furthermore, weather conditions can contribute to the occurrence and severity of speeding car accidents. Driving above the designated speed limit, during bad weather and other dangerous conditions can contribute to collisions. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration conducted a study of speeding-related crashes, noting that driving too fast during hazardous conditions accounts for 45 percent of car accidents. Dangerous conditions can include heavy traffic and bad weather such as rain, fog, ice or snow. Speeding during these types of conditions more likely results in a crash because the driver:
The impact and resulting injury and damage from a speeding car accident can multiply quickly. Physical injuries from high-speed collisions can include broken bones, skin burns, traumatic brain injury, paralysis and death. If you were the victim of a speeding car accident, you are likely entitled to compensation. This can come in the form of covering past and future medical bills, any property damage to your car and belongings, past and future lost wages, and pain and suffering.
If you are in a speeding accident, you should immediately seek medical attention. This is important for your own safety as well as to ensure that you cover any potential injury that might not be obvious right away. This can include internal bleeding or brain injury. It is also crucial to be examined by a physician to have medical records to provide evidence to the insurance companies showing that your injuries were directly related to the accident. Ask the police before you leave the scene to take pictures or videos of the damage or take them yourself if you are able to do so. The next step in taking action is to contact a skilled car accident attorney. An experienced lawyer can relieve you of the burden of your case by guiding you through the process and providing the best legal advice.
Steinberg Law Firm’s car accident attorneys have a wide range of experience in dealing with speeding-related vehicle collisions. We are prepared to help you in any way we can. Call Steinberg Law Firm today.