Chances are that many times when you are driving on the road, you will encounter a speeding driver. It has become so common that we may not even stop to give a second thought to drivers exceeding posted speed limits. It happens like this every day, even though speeding is one of the most dangerous habits on our roads.
A speeding car can easily collide with one or more other cars on the road. The Insurance Information Institute (III) stated that close to 17% of fatal car crashes that happened in 2018 were caused by excessive speed.
Speeding puts the lives of other road users at risk. If you were hurt in an accident caused by a speeding driver, call Loncar Associates at (800) 777-7777 for your free consultation. An El Paso accident caused by exceeding posted speed limits lawyer with our team may be able to adopt your case.
EL PASO POSTED SPEED LIMITS
Speed limits are determined to reduce the possibility of accidents caused by speeding. The limits give a driver a chance to self-police when they are behind the wheel. These limits are not assigned arbitrarily. According to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), speed limits are posted after considering several factors, such as:
- The traffic volume, flow, and pattern
- Road type
- Road features
- Sight distance
- Proximity to schools
- Pedestrian and bicyclist activity
- Crash history in the area
- Condition of the pavement
- Presence of on-street parking
According to the Texas Transportation Code §545.352, the typical posted speed limits in Texas are:
- 30 mph in urban districts
- 15 mph in alleys, on beaches, and on county roads next to public beaches
- 70 mph on a numbered highway outside an urban district
- 60 mph on an unnumbered highway outside an urban district
SPEEDING AND ALCOHOL ARE CLOSELY RELATED
The FHWA highlights a close correlation between a driver who drinks and drives and causes speed-related accidents. In fact, in an FHWA study, more than 40% of drivers who caused fatal speed-related accidents were found to be alcohol-impaired.
Driving under the influence of alcohol puts pedestrians, cyclists, and other drivers’ lives at risk. According to an FHWA study, the faster a car is traveling when it hits a pedestrian, the more likely it is that the pedestrian will be killed. On average:
- If struck by a car traveling 23 mph, a pedestrian has about a 10% chance of being killed
- If struck by a car traveling 42 mph, a pedestrian has about a 50% chance of being killed
- If struck by a car traveling 58 mph, a pedestrian has about a 90% chance of being killed
If you or your loved one was hit by a speeding driver, whether as a passenger, pedestrian, or cyclist, in an El Paso accident caused by exceeding posted speed limits lawyer may be able to help with your case. Call (800) 777-7777 today for a free consultation with Loncar Associates.
POTENTIAL INJURIES AND COMPENSATION
The injuries experienced by a survivor of an accident caused by exceeding posted speed limits could be life-changing. Potential injuries may include:
- Loss of limb
- Brain or spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
If you choose to work with a lawyer, they may be able to help you hold a negligent driver liable for their role in causing your injuries or your loved one’s death. At Loncar Associates, we may pursue both economic and non-economic damages and be able to help you recover compensation for past, present, and future accident-related costs.
Our goal is to ensure that negligent drivers pay every cent that the law requires of them. Legally, the negligent driver may be forced to pay for:
- Mental health therapy
- Medical and prescription bills
- Any lost wages, bonuses, and salaries
- Physical pain and anguish
- If a family member passed away, wrongful death
- Diminished earning ability for those who may not be able to work in the future
WHAT TO DO AFTER AN ACCIDENT
There are a few things you should do after you have been in an accident caused by a speeding driver.
If you are safely able to do so, take photos of the accident scene and your injuries, collect insurance information and contact information for the drivers of any other vehicles involved, and get contact information for any witnesses.
GET MEDICAL ATTENTION
Seek prompt medical attention for any injuries that you have sustained. If you delay your visit to a hospital or doctor, the defense lawyers may argue that your injuries were not that serious, or they might have been as a result of an unrelated event.
CONTACT A LEGAL PROFESSIONAL
After you have received medical attention, you may wish to hire a lawyer to seek compensation for your injuries. According to the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code §16.003, you may only have two years to file a personal injury lawsuit.
Loncar Associates will treat your matter with the urgency it deserves. We may be able to take immediate action to:
- Photograph and collect every piece of perishable evidence that you or the authorities might have missed
- Contact all the witness who might have not been interviewed by the police
- Assist you with proper management of all necessary appointments and health records
- File a police report
- Prepare all other important paperwork, such as insurance claims and demand letters
All these factors are time-sensitive and may contribute largely to building a strong case. At Loncar Associates, we will start working on your case immediately after you hire us so that all necessary evidence is preserved.
HOW AN EL PASO SPEEDING ACCIDENT LAWYER FROM OUR TEAM MAY HELP
If you or a loved one was injured by a speeding driver, an El Paso accident caused by exceeding posted speed limits lawyer from our team may be able to help you. You may be able to hold the speeding driver financially responsible for accident-associated costs.
When a reckless driver causes you injury, Loncar Associates may be at your service to make sure justice is served. Over the years, we have brought speeding drivers to justice and have helped families get compensation for any damages incurred. Contact us at (800) 777-7777 to start on your journey towards potentially receiving compensation for your injuries and other losses.