Naples Speeding Accidents
Located on the coast of Collier County, Naples is one of the wealthiest cities in the U.S., with the sixth-highest per capita income in the country. Tourism is a major industry in the area, which boasts attractions such as the Naples Zoo and several major land reserves, including the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. People who live in Naples or travel there as tourists unfortunately run the risk of being involved in a car crash, such as when a driver speeds well above the legal limit. If you or someone you love was struck by a speeding driver, it is important to consult a skilled Naples speeding accident attorney who can protect your rights.Pursuing a Personal Injury Claim After a Speeding Accident
Speeding is a contributing factor in many Florida accidents. A driver speeds when they are racing, driving too fast for road conditions, or exceeding the posted speed limit. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that nationally, 28 percent of motor vehicle crash deaths in 2014 involved speeding. According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV), speeding and aggressive driving accounted for 413 deaths and 1,350 incapacitating injuries in Florida in 2015.
Drivers who cause accidents because of their speeding may be liable for the resulting harm under the theory of negligence. Negligence is a failure to use reasonable care behind the wheel that causes harm to a victim. To establish negligence, the plaintiff must show that the defendant owed the plaintiff a duty of care, or the obligation to act as a reasonable driver would act. The defendant must have failed to meet this duty of care by speeding excessively, and the plaintiff must have suffered their injuries as a direct result of the defendant’s speeding.
The purpose of a personal injury lawsuit is to obtain compensation for the full scope of the harm that the victim has suffered and may reasonably be expected to suffer in the future. The amount of damages that a plaintiff will be able to recover will vary depending on the circumstances of the case. Typically, a plaintiff will seek medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, pain and suffering, and property damage, among other costs and losses.
Florida imposes a time limit for filing a personal injury claim, known as the statute of limitations. A plaintiff has four years from the date of an accident to file a claim, unless a certain exception applies. It is generally advisable to investigate and pursue a case as soon as possible for practical reasons as well, such as preserving evidence to support your claim.Consult a Naples Attorney After a Car Accident
If you or someone close to you was involved in an accident caused by speeding, we can help. At Lusk, Drasites & Tolisano, our Naples speeding accident lawyers can advocate for your rights at every step of the way to make sure that your voice is fully heard. Throughout the process, we will be here to answer your questions and address your concerns. To learn more about your legal rights and options, feel free to call us at (800) 283-7442 or contact us through our online form and set up a free consultation with a car crash lawyer.