Speeding was a contributing factor in 26% of fatal car accidents in 2017, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In other words, speeding accidents are more common than you may think.
If you or a loved one were seriously injured in a speeding accident caused by another driver, don’t hesitate to give us a call. Our car accident lawyers in Florida will be able to evaluate the details of your case to determine your next steps.
A driver has a duty of care to operate their vehicle as a reasonable person would. By speeding, a driver violates this duty of care and can be found at fault for causing the car accident.
If you or someone you love has been seriously injured by a negligent driver, schedule a consultation with one of our car accident attorneys as soon as possible. Our speeding accident lawyers are here to help!
WHAT ARE THE RISKS OF SPEEDING?
- More likely to lose control of the vehicle
- Airbags and seatbelts are less effective
- Shorter stopping distance
- More severe car accident injuries
MORE LIKELY TO LOSE CONTROL OF THE VEHICLE
People who drive over the speed limit have more difficulty steering, braking, and otherwise controlling their vehicles. For this reason, drivers are more likely to cause speeding accidents when they go too fast around corners or are unable to slow down in time for unforeseen obstacles in the road.
Call our car accident lawyers if you were injured due to a driver speeding and losing control of their vehicle.
AIRBAGS AND SEATBELTS ARE LESS EFFECTIVE
While airbags and seatbelts save lives, there’s only so much they can do to prevent injuries in a high-speed collision. When someone drives over the speed limit, they increase the impact of the collision. Likewise, the risk of serious car accident injuries increases significantly when someone speeds.
SHORTER STOPPING DISTANCE
When it’s raining, drivers need to exercise caution by putting more distance between them and the vehicle in front of them. Unfortunately, many drivers don’t increase their following distance when it rains. When a negligent driver speeds, they have even less stopping distance and increase their risk of causing a serious car accident.
MORE SEVERE CAR ACCIDENT INJURIES
People are more likely to be injured or even killed in high-speed collisions. If you or a loved one have seriousdue to another driver speeding, it’s important you call one of our as soon as possible. Our lawyers will make sure you receive the compensation you deserve.
Since Florida is a “no-fault” auto insurance state, you’ll need to first file a claim with your own Personal Injury Protection (PIP). PIP will cover your medical bills, lost wages, and other economic damages up to the limits of your policy, regardless of who is at fault. However, Florida law allows you to step outside the no-fault system if you’re seriously injured.
Under these circumstances, you might be able to file a third-party claim with the negligent driver’s insurance to collect non-economic damages, such as those for pain and suffering.
Even if you were partially at fault for the car accident, you may still be able to file a third-party claim. Florida follows comparative negligence law, which means your compensation would be reduced by the percentage you’re found responsible. For example, a claim worth $100,000 might be reduced to $80,000 if you were found to be 20% at fault for the auto accident.
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This blog post has been updated.