If you or someone you love was injured in a car accident caused by a speeding driver, our legal team may be able to help. At Mi Abogado, we handle speeding accident cases, and understand you may be entitled to compensation. With an attorney on your side guiding you, damages can potentially be recovered through a lawsuit or settlement.
After a collision, you have legal options – even though reckless speeding occurs far too often. Our trusted team can help you fully understand these options and then pursue them. To learn more about how we may be able to help you and your family, please contact us for a free consultation today with one of our compassionate team members.
Speeding Accidents Quick Facts:
- Speeding was a factor in 29% of all traffic fatalities in 2021, resulting in approximately 12,330 deaths (NHTSA)
- Speeding contributes to countless severe injuries in accidents each year, including traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and broken bones
- These speeding accidents occur when drivers ignore posted speed limits, fail to adjust to road conditions, or engage in reckless behaviors like street racing
- As speed increases, so does the stopping distance of a vehicle, reducing the driver’s ability to steer around objects (IIHS)
- At higher speeds, there is more energy that needs to be absorbed in a crash, leading to more severe damage and injuries
- The combined effect of increased likelihood of accidents and more serious injuries underscores the dangers of speeding
Personal Injury Lawsuits for Speeding Accidents
Personal injury lawsuits for car accidents provide victims the opportunity to seek compensation for the harm they’ve endured due to another’s negligence. In the context of a speeding accident, negligence is typically proven by demonstrating that the driver was exceeding the speed limit or driving too fast for conditions (such as bad weather) which led to the accident.
The process of pursuing a personal injury lawsuit for a speeding accident typically involves several stages. After the initial consultation with a lawyer, the investigation and evidence-gathering phase begins, which may include obtaining a police report, eyewitness testimonies, traffic camera footage, and other relevant documentation.
Next, the attorney will initiate the claim, negotiate with insurance companies, and if necessary, prepare the case for trial. The process can be complex and time-consuming, emphasizing the value of an experienced personal injury attorney who can guide victims through the legal maze.
Proving Liability in Speeding Accidents
Establishing liability in a speeding accident is a critical aspect of any personal injury claim. It requires demonstrating that the speeding driver owed a duty of care to the victim, breached that duty by speeding, and that the breach directly resulted in the accident and subsequent injuries. Evidence for this can take many forms, including police reports, witness statements, accident reconstruction expert testimony, and in some cases, traffic camera footage or data from a vehicle’s black box.
It’s important to note that liability in speeding accidents can sometimes be shared under the principles of comparative or contributory negligence. This means that if the victim was partly at fault for the accident—for instance, if they were texting while driving—the amount of compensation they can recover may be reduced proportionally.
Compensation for Speeding Accidents
Victims of speeding accidents can seek compensation for both economic and non-economic damages they’ve suffered as a result of the accident.
Economic damages cover quantifiable financial losses, such as:
- medical expenses
- rehabilitation costs
- lost wages
- reduced earning capacity
Non-economic damages, on the other hand, compensate for intangible losses, including pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment of life.
The value of these damages can vary greatly depending on the severity of the injuries and the specific circumstances of each case.
How a Personal Injury Attorney Can Help
A personal injury attorney can provide invaluable assistance to individuals involved in speeding accidents. They have the expertise and experience to navigate the legal complexities associated with personal injury lawsuits, ensuring that victims’ rights are protected and their best interests are represented.
Attorneys can conduct thorough investigations, gather necessary evidence, and build a strong case to establish liability and seek fair compensation. They can also negotiate with insurance companies on behalf of their clients and, if needed, litigate the case in court.
If you have been a victim of a speeding accident, don’t navigate the legal process alone. Seeking legal counsel is crucial to understanding your rights, pursuing fair compensation, and holding the responsible parties accountable. Our experienced team of personal injury attorneys is here to help you every step of the way. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and let us fight for the justice and compensation you deserve.