Speed is a common factor in traffic accidents in Lexington and throughout the United States. According to one study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, speeding accidents resulted in $59 billion in economic damages and $210 billion in societal harm during 2010. In 2013, 28 percent of the traffic fatalities were due to speed-related accidents. Unfortunately, speeding accidents are still a problem in 2017.
Why Is Speeding Dangerous for Drivers and Others?
Speeding is dangerous for several reasons. The main reason is that it increases the risk of being involved in a traffic accident. When you are traveling at a high rate of speed, it takes longer to stop. Therefore, if traffic backs up or a driver pulls out in front of you, you may not be able to stop in time to avoid the collision. Furthermore, when you are speeding, you are more likely to lose control of your vehicle during inclement weather or poor road conditions.
Another danger of speeding relates to the severity of an accident. If a traffic accident is unavoidable, a high rate of speed at the time of collision increases your risk of being killed or sustaining traumatic injuries. Traveling just a few miles slower can reduce your risk of life-threatening and permanent injuries in a traffic accident.
You can avoid a speeding accident by always obeying the posted speed limit and slowing down during inclement weather. Increasing the distance between you and the vehicle in front of you can also help reduce your risk of a speeding accident. Always wear your seat belt and avoid distractions while driving.
Unfortunately, you can take steps to avoid causing a speeding accident but you cannot force other drivers to do the same. When a driver causes a speeding accident, that driver must be held accountable for his or her actions. We do this by filing a car accident claim against the driver.
Damages in Speeding Accident Claims
When a driver exceeds a safe speed limit and causes a traffic accident, that driver is accountable under Louisiana’s personal injury laws. Every driver has the duty to take steps to protect others from injury. When a driver speeds, the driver fails in his duty of care. By filing an accident claim against the driver, victims of speeding accidents can receive compensation for their injuries.
Common damages in claims filed for speeding accidents include:
- Property damage for the vehicle and any personal property in the vehicle that was damaged in the accident
- Loss of income, including past and future lost wages and any loss of earning capacity
- Medical expenses, including compensation for any long-term or permanent medical care and personal care
- Disfigurement, permanent disability, and scarring
- Funeral, burial, and cremation expenses, in the event of a wrongful death
- Other out-of-pocket expenses related to the accident, injury, or recovery
- Physical pain, emotional suffering, and mental anguish
- Loss of enjoyment of life, love, affection, guidance, or support
The damages in your case will be unique to you. Our Lexington car accident attorneys work with you to include all damages in your claim and maximize the amount of compensation you receive.