Auto Accidents and Speeding: Staying Safe on the Roadways
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 30% of fatal accidents are the result of speeding. This percentage amounts to over 10,000 deaths from accidents involving speeding each year. The costs of damages from speeding accidents amounts to over $4 million per annum.
Obviously, speeding and failure to follow posted highway traffic laws is a significant portion of our problems with roadway accidents.
How Speeding Accidents Occur
As an auto accident attorney, Dax Jones has found that auto accidents are most likely to occur when drivers are in a rush, or when they simply disregard the posted speed limit. Such driving reduces their ability to stop suddenly, yield to other vehicles, or respond to surrounding traffic situations. This often results in auto collisions with other drivers, bicyclists, or even pedestrians. These types of auto accidents all too often result in serious injuries and even death.
Even when there is no posted speed limit, drivers are expected to travel at a safe and reasonable speed for the conditions of the highway and weather. Failure to do so may result in a speeding ticket, or worse, an auto accident.
In the Seattle and Bellevue areas, where the traffic is congested, speeding is especially dangerous because drivers are operating within close proximity to other vehicles. This makes it even more difficult to correct mistakes or respond to other drivers on the road without colliding with another vehicle.
Personal Injuries That Result from Speeding:
As a law firm specializing in auto accident and personal injury claims, we frequently see many clients in the Bellevue and Seattle areas that have sustained serious personal injuries or have even suffered the wrongful death of a loved one due to speeding. Common injuries include broken limbs, damage to the internal organs, lacerations, head wounds, concussions, and maiming. Such injuries usually require extensive medical treatment for a prolonged period of time. Individuals that are injured may be unable to continue working during their recovery and simply cannot enjoy their normal routine for many months—or longer.
If you see someone driving erratically or speeding, the best approach to take is to avoid making sudden lane changes or speed variations. Keep your distance as much as possible from this driver, and warily watch for any mistakes in their driving that could result in an accident.
How We Can Help
If you or a family member has been involved in an auto accident due to speeding, you may be entitled to recover damages, such as cost of vehicle repair, medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering from the other driver’s insurance policy. It is vital, however, that these claims are filed quickly after the accident, as there is a limited period of time allowed for claim submission after an auto accident has occurred.
Contact our office to discuss whether or not you have a case for a personal injury claim. Dax Jones, our lead attorney, is experienced in car accidents and personal injury cases, and he can help you to recoup the compensation for medical bills and property damage that you deserve.