Speeding is the most common cause of car accidents
and is the leading cause of fatalities while on the road. Every driver speeds from time to time, whether by going a bit faster in the parking lot of the grocery store to taking advantage of an empty freeway at night time.
Many issues stem from drivers speeding
all the time while other cars are nearby, resulting in situations with heightened risks. It is extremely dangerous to speed in crowded streets, and there are various types of accidents that can occur. Fortunately, many laws prohibit speeding, and breaking them can result in hefty fines and punishment. Additionally, you could file a civil case against an individual if you were struck while he was speeding. Our team of lawyers at the Downtown LA Law Group in Los Angeles promises to dedicate ourselves to your case, and we will stop at nothing to win you the settlement you deserve.
Why Is Speeding So Dangerous?
Speeding is dangerous for many reasons. Essentially, the faster you go, the more devastating the accident, but people seldom think of the consequences of their actions while they are in the middle of them. Some of the ways speeding can contribute to accidents include:
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- Reduced reaction time by driver
- Less time for the vehicle to come to a stop
- More danger when turning, especially on curvy roads
- Vehicle is not stable
- Increases chances of rollover
- Other drivers have more trouble avoiding cars that have lost control
Speeding is generally most dangerous when there is a discrepancy between the driver and those around him. For example, if there is an individual on the freeway traveling at 75 mph while everyone else is traveling at 65 mph, it is likely not as dangerous as traveling 45 mph in a residential neighborhood where the limits are posted at 25 mph. It is still quite dangerous to drive over the limit, though, as drivers grow accustomed to certain speeds and may not react properly if they are faced with a speeding driver.
What Kind Of Injuries Can I Get In A Speeding Accident?
Even accidents that occur at 25 mph can result in devastating consequences, especially if the angle of impact is severe or if you were not wearing a seatbelt. A T-bone collision
, for example, can result in highly devastating injuries if you were hit on the driver’s side. A rear-end collision
can also cause damage, but at lower speeds, the crashes may be less fatal.
We have handled cases of clients who have sustained the following injuries:
- Broken bones
- Hip and knee damage
- Neck and spinal cord injuries
- Concussions and traumatic brain injuries
- Closed head injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Piercing and crushing injuries
- Severed limbs and digits
- Paraplegia and quadriplegia
If you have been injured to such an extent, it is highly recommended that you reach out to a skilled car accident lawyer in Los Angeles
. The value of your claim will be greatly affected by the extent of your injuries and how impactful they were on your life and career. A lawyer can accurately depict how much of an effect they had and can wrestle a fair settlement from the insurance agent.
What Are Immediate Steps To Take After An Accident?
Speeding accidents may leave your car wrecked and put you in a precarious situation. You could need immediate emergency medical treatment, so the first step you should take after any accident is call the paramedics
. The ambulance will come and the paramedics will evaluate and treat you; if you need to go to the hospital, they will bring you.
Even if you were not too badly hurt, or feel like you weren’t injured at all, it is still worth it to contact the paramedics. They will be able to identify any traumas that may be hiding because of adrenaline or that will show up in the next few days. If you choose to avoid medical treatment, it could potentially harm your claim. The insurance agent could state that you were clearly hurt elsewhere if you were able to go see a doctor days after the accident.
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Take pictures of your injuries and damages to your vehicle
, as well as the scene of the accident. It will be beneficial to your claim to have as much evidence as possible.
Any bystanders or witnesses who saw the accident
take place and saw the driver speeding can give you their testimonies. These will be used to back up your claim that the driver was negligent.
Collect the insurance information
from the driver who hit you and take down his contact details as well. You should have his name, number, driver’s license number, and anything else that will keep you from losing him.
will likely show up if you were hurt or if the driver egregiously broke the law. You can make a request to have a copy of the police report sent to you once it’s finished processing at the law enforcement headquarters.
Lastly, it is crucial that you hire a skilled attorney
who can handle your case for you. You may not be able to negotiate a fair deal or even get a hold of the insurance agent. Our lawyers will be able to work around the clock and use years of tried and true methods to secure you the settlement you deserve. Your focus should be on recovering, not on the stresses of the legal process.
What Is The Deadline To File A Claim?
A personal injury claim resulting from damages of a car accident must be filed within 2 years from the date of the injury. The statute of limitations is in place to ensure that claims do not sit around and take too long; evidence would get lost or corrupted, expenses would be paid off, and a lot of key details would be forgotten. If you do not take any action with those 2 years, you will not be able to receive any compensation in the future.
You could have an extension to this statute if you meet certain requirements or your case had specific circumstances to it. For example, individuals who were underage at the time of the accident do not have to adhere to the 2 year deadline until they turn 18 years old. Additionally, if the defendant vacated the state or the country, the time limit would be temporarily suspended until he returned.
If you have questions concerning the length of time you have to file a lawsuit, contact our lawyers today. We’ll help you determine your remaining time and will file your documents for you if you wish to hire us.
What Can I Earn In A Car Accident?
If you were injured in a car crash because another driver was speeding, you could receive various types of compensation for the damages you suffered in the incident. Personal injury claims allow you to recover economic and non-economic damages. Our attorneys will strive to bring you the maximum settlement available under the law, including securing you coverage for the following expenses:
- Medical bills (physical therapy, surgery, hospitalization, and future treatments)
- Pain and suffering (PTSD, anxiety, psychological stress, fear, emotional trauma, mental scarring)
- Lost income (and future missed wages due to absence, injury, recovery, or medical procedures)
- Property damage (mechanic costs, vehicle repair, replacement of personal belongings and items)
- Wrongful death expenses (in the event a loved one dies in an accident, the funeral and burial costs, pre-death medical bills, pre-death pain and suffering, loss of consortium, and more can be compensated)
- Punitive damages (additional forms of monetary compensation meant to punish the defendant, but these are often viewed as excessive; only a skilled lawyer will be able to win them for you)
It is important that you reach out to a qualified car accident lawyer
who can handle your claim for you and make sure that you are treated properly throughout the legal process. If you were struck by a speeding vehicle, the driver should be held responsible for his negligence
and be made to cover the ensuing expenses
. Many car accident cases have been settled for over $150,000, while others have even reached in excess of $1,000,000.
The Downtown LA Law Group in Los Angeles
promises to provide all of our clients the expect representation to win compensation for their lawsuits. You will not be unfairly treated t our firm and we will strive to win you the maximum settlement available. We’ll endlessly negotiate with the insurance agent until we are satisfied with the result, and if we are not, we are willing to take your case to court an aggressively fight for your rights.
If you want to learn more, contact our law firm for a free legal consultation. You can ask us questions about your case and how much it’s worth and we’ll give you the necessary answers. We’ll also tell you about our zero fee guarantee, which promises that you won’t have to spend any out of pocket expenses for our services. We’ll get paid if we win, and if we lose, you owe us nothing. The money will be taken out of the settlement we win for you anyway, so you won’t spend a dime of your own money, success or not.
If you were involved in a speed accident, call the Downtown LA Law Group at (855) 339-8879
to start your lawsuit.