Speed limits are put in place for a reason. State and federal regulations control speed limit maximums of roadways in certain areas. When someone violates a posted speed limit, they can put other road users at risk of getting harmed. Speeding is dangerous and often causes accidents. It can also increase the momentum of a vehicle crashing into another, which may be fatal for vehicle occupants.
If you were in a speeding accident, a Long Island accident caused by exceeding posted speed limits lawyer at the Morelli Law Firm may be able to help you. A car accident can completely turn someone’s life upside down. The medical bills alone can be overwhelming. Our team can help you by reviewing your case at no cost to you. We can help you determine the next steps in the process and explain what your legal options are. Call us today at (212) 751-9800 to get started.
How Speeding Affects Accidents
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), speeding was responsible for the deaths of 9,378 people in 2018 alone.
Speeding is an action that can easily be stopped. It is a conscious choice people make when driving their vehicles. People speed for a variety of reasons, yet they are not always aware of the risks that come with speeding. These risks include:
Less Time to React
When you are driving faster than the posted speed limit, you have less time to react if an obstacle comes into your path or if a vehicle stops suddenly in front of you. If you are speeding, the other vehicles around you might not be moving as quickly.
Less Control of the Vehicle
Drivers gradually lose more control of their vehicles as they increase their speed. You might start to fishtail or slide on the road if you are going too fast, especially on slippery surfaces. Taking corners faster than the posted speed limit is also dangerous. The momentum of your vehicle might cause you to roll or skid off the road.
Takes Longer to Stop
The faster you are driving, the longer it takes you to stop. When you are driving faster, you are supposed to increase your distance from the vehicle in front of you. However, if you drive faster than the speed limit, you might end up tailgating slower vehicles and potentially cause an accident if they suddenly stop. Alternatively, if a slower vehicle pulls out in front of you while you are speeding, you might not have enough time to react and avoid an accident.
Invalid Safety Features
Safety features on a vehicle are tested by the manufacturer. If you are driving at high speeds, these safety features may become much less effective than they would be driving at the posted speed limit.
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You Might Be Entitled to Receive Compensation for a Speeding Accident
As stated in the New York Civil Practice Law & Rules (CVP) §214, you generally have three years from the date of your accident to file a lawsuit. However, the sooner you contact the Morelli Law Firm, the sooner we can get to work fighting for your rights.
You should not have to pay for someone else’s mistakes. If you were in an accident caused by speeding, a Long Island accident caused by exceeding posted speed limits lawyer from our team can fight on your behalf. Call us today at (212) 751-9800 to see what compensation you might be entitled to collect. You might be entitled to collect compensatory damages, such as:
Medical expenses may include emergency room visits, doctor’s visits, X-rays, MRIs, follow-up treatments, surgeries, and physical therapy. Medical expenses add up quickly, even for minor injuries.
If your injuries are severe enough, you might need future medical treatment. You may be compensated in advance for this amount as well.
If you rely on your vehicle every day, having a damaged vehicle is most likely hindering your daily life. You rely on it to get to work, school, appointments, and several other destinations. You may be compensated to cover the cost of the damage done to your vehicle. If your vehicle is totaled, fair compensation can be determined to replace the vehicle.
Loss of Income
If you had to miss work due to your injuries or lack of a vehicle, you may be able to claim lost income as part of your damages. You may be compensated for any income you lost due to having to take time off to treat or recover from your injuries or other accident-related reasons.
Decrease in Salary
If you were working a manual labor job prior to your accident, you might have had to take a less physical job. If the job pays less than your previous job, this could be taken into consideration when determining fair compensation.
Pain and Suffering
Pain and suffering can be hard to put a dollar amount on. “Pain and suffering” is the physical or emotional pain you have gone through due to the accident. This should not go unaccounted for.
How to Prove Speeding
When you are trying to get compensation for a car accident, you must prove how the other party was at fault for the accident in your claim or lawsuit. If you were in an accident caused by speeding, you need to prove the other driver was speeding and that speeding was the cause of the accident. If you are trying to prove fault in a speeding car accident case, a lawyer may help you by:
- Looking over your medical records
- Analyzing the damage done to your vehicle
- Reviewing video surveillance of the crash if there is any
- Getting second opinions from experts
- Analyzing the scene of the accident
- Getting eyewitness statements
Let the Morelli Law Firm Work on Your Case
If you were in a speeding accident, a Long Island accident caused by exceeding posted speed limits lawyer can serve as your advocate and fight for your rights. Our team at the Morelli Law Firm can review your case to see how much compensation you might be entitled to receive.
You should not be responsible for paying for someone else’s mistakes. Let us help you build a strong case so that you can fight for the compensation you need to recover. Call us today at (212) 751-9800 for a free consultation.