While even low-speed collisions can cause serious injuries or fatalities, high-speed crashes tend to be the most serious. Driving too fast for road conditions or speeding is the leading cause of car accidents and virtually always a matter of negligence. Speeding doesn’t just increase the risk of getting into an accident; it also magnifies the damage and injuries that result from a collision.
If you have been injured in a high-speed car accident and you believe the other driver was at fault, it’s important to seek experienced legal counsel right away to protect your legal rights and begin building your injury claim.
According to numerous studies, speeding is the primary factor in nearly one-third of all traffic fatalities. Driving over the speed limit or exceeding the safe speed for conditions endangers everyone. Speeding increases the potential to lose control of the vehicle and reduces the effectiveness of protection equipment like seatbelts and airbags. As speed increases, the driver’s stopping distance is reduced and the severity of injuries in a crash increases. Even the safest vehicles on the road can’t protect passengers in a high-speed collision.
For every 10mph in excess of 50mph in a crash, the force of an impact is doubled.
Speeding is a form of aggressive driving. Some drivers speed as a response to traffic congestion or simply running late. Others feel a sense of anonymity and detachment while driving, which can make them feel less constrained.
High-speed accidents are most likely to occur on freeways. Florida was the first state on the East Coast to allow speeds exceeding 55mph on two-lane roads with speed limits of up to 75mph on four-lane rural expressways.
Given the great deal of force involved in a high-speed crash, many victims are left with serious and life-changing injuries such as:
Speeding is a type of reckless behavior. If you are injured in an accident caused by someone else’s negligent behavior and speeding, you may have the right to compensation for your injuries and damages.
In addition to compensation for property damage, you may have the right to personal injury damages to pay for:
When someone’s negligent behavior like speeding causes death, the decedent’s loved ones may seek compensation through a wrongful death claim. Depending on the circumstances, a wrongful death claim can provide compensation for medical bills, final expenses, pain and suffering, loss of companionship, and loss of parental guidance.
While some personal injury damages are easy to quantify, such as medical expenses or lost wages, others can be difficult to establish. This is especially true if you are left with permanent injuries, disfigurement, or significant and permanent loss of a bodily function. This is why it’s important to consult with an experienced high-speed accident injury lawyer in Florida to begin building your case and establishing fault and the extent of your injuries. The more serious your injuries, the higher the value of your claim. That means the insurance company will work even harder to limit a payout and downplay your injuries.
Have you been seriously injured in an accident by a speeding driver? Don’t assume the insurance company will protect you. After seeking medical attention, it’s important to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible to begin building your case. This will involve not only investigating the accident to prove liability and documenting the extent of your injuries but negotiating with the insurance company to reach a fair settlement that fully compensates you for the harm you have suffered.
GMV Law Group, LLP represents accident victims in Fort Lauderdale and North Palm Beach. Contact GMV Law Group, LLP today to schedule a free consultation with a car accident injury attorney to explore your legal options and fight for the compensation you deserve. We have English and Spanish speaking representatives ready to help.