Speed limits are posted to decrease the chances of avoidable road accidents. For various reasons, motorists disregard these posted limits, which can result in grave injuries to themselves, other motorists, and their passengers.
If you or your loved one has suffered an injury because of another driver’s speeding, you may be entitled to compensation. At Morelli Law Firm, we will help you understand all your legal options and take action on your behalf. Consider hiring our Buffalo accident caused by exceeding posted speed limits lawyer. Call us at (212) 751-9800 today to schedule your free, confidential, no-obligation consultation for a case review.
Causes of Speeding Accidents in New York State
New York Vehicle & Traffic (VAT) §1180 states that no one should drive over a reasonable speed in the given road conditions. In addition, all drivers should be aware of potential hazards that could arise on the road.
This law makes driving above the posted speed limit illegal. Also, it makes way for getting a speeding ticket even when one is driving below the speed limit. Speeding creates the following risks:
- The driver may lose control of the vehicle
- The driver may lack enough time to stop or avoid a potential hazard, leading to a car accident
- In the event of an accident, greater speed/momentum may increase the resulting damages or injuries
The following are some common reasons for speeding on New York roads:
- Disregarding traffic signals or prevailing road conditions
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Distracted driving (can cause one to miss signals or speed without knowing)
- Aggressive driving and road rage
- Fatigued or drowsy driving
Injuries from Speeding in New York
Injuries and property damage from speeding accidents can have a lasting impact on the victims. Vulnerable road users like bicyclists, motorcyclists, and pedestrians often bear the brunt of these accidents, as they are more likely to suffer serious injuries or even die from accidents related to speeding. Common injuries include:
- Head, neck, and back injuries – traumatic brain injury, concussions, spinal cord injuries, etc.
- Whiplash – occurs in rear-end collisions and can cause chronic neck, chest, and upper back pains
- Face, chest, or neck injuries from airbag deployment in collisions
- Lacerations, cuts, and bruises from shrapnel
- Broken bones or fractures on limbs and in the torso
- Internal bleeding and internal organ injuries on impact
Some people suffer permanent consequences from speeding crashes, such as disfigurement, disability, and death. For many more, medical expenses to restore body functions can pile up beyond what insurers pay, and families are left with this financial burden.
If your injuries were caused by another driver’s reckless or negligent actions, you have a right to hold them accountable and seek compensation for your losses and injuries. Hire our Buffalo accident caused by exceeding posted speed limits lawyer at Morelli Law Firm, and call us at (212) 751-9800. We will evaluate your case facts and advise you regarding the next steps in your quest for justice.
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Evidence of Liability in Speeding Car Accidents in New York
Once we have evaluated your case’s facts and determine that you can claim against the guilty party, we embark on a thorough investigation. New York is a no-fault state, which means that you have the option to file a claim with your insurance regardless of who is at-fault for the accident. Through this law, victims of car accidents are entitled to up to $50,000 for economic damages such as:
- Medical expenses, rehabilitative care, and medication
- Lost income
- Property damage
If you have suffered serious injuries (that exceed the provision above), we can help you sue the at-fault driver for non-economic damages such as:
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent disablement/disfigurement
- Loss of quality of life
Evidence for Liability
It is not enough to show that an at-fault driver was speeding to win a settlement. That is, you must show that their negligent actions caused your injuries and damages. A lawyer can help you collect the requisite evidence and build a compelling case.
The following is some evidence we can use to build your case:
- Black box data – an electronic data recorder stores information of the seconds leading to a collision
- Eyewitness accounts – we can track down eyewitnesses listed in police records or provided by you
- Physical evidence – video camera footage, skid marks on the road, the extent of damage on both cars, or photographs or videos recorded by you
It is critical to call 911 immediately after a car accident and not leave the scene except to seek medical attention. The police report will be very useful if you need to file a claim later on and are unable to collect data at the accident scene.
Statute of Limitations
In the State of New York, the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury lawsuit is three years from the accident date, according to the New York Civil Practice Law & Rules (CVP) §214. Except for special circumstances, you may not be able to file a lawsuit after this date.
Morelli Law Firm Can Help You with Your Case
If your loved one or you were injured in a car crash involving a speeding driver, you may be entitled to compensation. At the Morelli Law Firm, our Buffalo accident caused by exceeding posted speed limits lawyer can help you better understand your rights and the legal process to follow when pursuing justice.
Contact us at (212) 751-9800, and we will work hard to help ensure justice is served. Your first consultation for a case evaluation is 100% free and confidential. Call us now.