Exceeding posted speed limits, a practice also referred to as speeding, was a behavior responsible for the deaths of 9,378 people in 2018, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Speed limits exist, at least in part, to keep motorists from driving at dangerous speeds, and they may allow motorists to reasonably anticipate how other vehicles may move. When a motorist disobeys speed limits, danger may immediately face those on and near the road where they are speeding.
If you or a loved one has been injured because of a speeding motorist, then a Lubbock accident caused by exceeding posted speed limits lawyer may be able to help you seek compensation. Call Loncar Lyon Jenkins today at 800-777-7777 for a free consultation about our legal services.
Speeding Is an Established Threat to Motorists, Passengers, and Pedestrians
KCBD News Channel 11 Lubbock reported the death of a 69-year-old man at the hands of a speeding motorist, who also injured another person in a 2019 accident. Whether in Lubbock or elsewhere, motorists who travel at a pace exceeding the posted speed limit may put others’ lives at risk.
The Governors Highway Safety Administration (GHSA) notes that speeding:
- Continues to be a causal factor in a significant number of motor vehicle accidents
- Is a type of aggressive driving, which could also include behaviors such as tailgating and weaving erratically through traffic
- Is against the law, as the U.S. Department of Transportation lists a state-by-state breakdown of speeding laws
Regardless of the specific speeding laws in your state, a motorist who speeds opens themselves up to liability in the case of an accident. Some of the dangers of speeding include:
- It increases the amount of time that a vehicle needs to stop in order to avoid a collision
- It may cause a motorist to lose control of their vehicle, causing an accident with another vehicle, bicyclist, or pedestrian as a result
- A slimmer margin of error when unexpected obstacles emerge in the roadway
- Speeding may be the product of reduced impulse control from taking drugs or being drunk
If a motorist was speeding at the time of your accident, then they may be considered automatically liable for your collision. They may also be responsible for the harm that has come to you as the result of your accident.
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Speeding May Cause Serious Injury or Death
The Journal of Injury and Violence Research (Results section) cites speeding as one of the factors that may determine the severity of injuries in a specific motor vehicle collision. It stands to reason that the faster a vehicle is traveling, the greater the violence that may result if it strikes another vehicle or person.
Some of the injuries that you may experience as the result of a motor vehicle collision include:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Broken bones
- Severe cuts
- Deep bruising
- Internal bleeding
- Harm to internal organs
Injuries suffered during a speeding-related accident may:
- Put your life at risk
- Cause the death of a loved one
- Require you to receive emergency care
- Require a period of hospitalization
- Require you to receive non-optional treatments
- Cause significant medical costs
- Produce lingering health effects
- Substantially diminish your quality of life
Injuries may be the obvious outcome of an accident, but may not be the only effects of your collision for which you could be entitled to compensation. A Lubbock accident caused by exceeding posted speed limits lawyer may be able to help assess your losses and seek compensation through an insurance claim or lawsuit.
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Additional Losses for Which You May Receive Compensation
Injuries may be the most obvious type of harm that you suffer because of an accident, but those injuries may cause a web of other outcomes that may entitle you to additional compensation.
Some possible secondary effects of injuries include:
- Lost income from any time that you are forced to miss from your job
- Permanent disability that prevents you from working in certain jobs, or from working at all
- Lasting health effects that diminish the number of hours you can work without causing further harm or inducing pain and discomfort
- Harm to your mental health, which could include conditions such as anxiety and depression
- Harm to your relationships with friends and family
- Loss of professional, academic, or personal opportunities because of accident-related restrictions on your mental or physical health
The sum of losses that you have experienced because of a motorist’s dangerous actions, whether they involve speeding or otherwise, may be covered if you reach a settlement or receive a favorable judgement.
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A Lawsuit May Be a Path to Compensation
The losses from your accident could be covered through insurance, but it is not necessarily true that insurance will provide the amount of compensation that you deserve or need to cover your losses.
A lawsuit may be the most appropriate route for you to seek compensation based on the losses you have experienced—a lawyer may provide their advice on this matter.
If you do choose to initiate a lawsuit, then your lawyer may:
- Collect evidence of negligence, which may include videotape or witness testimony of the vehicle that caused your accident speeding
- Document your evidence for use in negotiations or at trial
- Calculate all of your losses, which may increase as time goes by
- File documents and make in-person legal appearances
- Negotiate a settlement or navigate your lawsuit to the judgement stage
- Defend your rights
Your lawyer may only receive compensation if you win, so you will share the goal of obtaining compensation for your accident-related losses from those responsible for your collision.
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Call Loncar Lyon Jenkins Today
The team at Loncar Lyon Jenkins may be able to help if you have been injured, a loved one has been injured, or you have lost a loved one in an accident caused by speeding. Call Loncar Lyon Jenkins today at 800-777-7777 for a free consultation about the services of a Lubbock accident caused by exceeding posted speed limits lawyer.
Do not wait to call, as there may be a time restriction on your window to seek compensation.