According to the National Safety Council, there are over 13,000 lives lost every year due to speeding related motor vehicle accidents. Yet, in today’s fast paced society, people speed every day because they are running late, don’t notice clearly marked speed limits or simply disregard the law. Because it is such a common occurrence, many don’t think of the serious ramifications that speeding can cause. However, speeding is a very serious negligent act that that endangers the life of the reckless motorist and all individuals in close proximity as well.
At first glance, it may seem like people who speed do so mostly on major highways. But, speeding happens most often in places where one might least expect. Almost half of speeding related motor vehicle accidents occur in areas with a speed limit of 50 mph or less and over 20 percent occur in areas with a speed limit of 35 mph or less. The sad reality is that many of these accidents occur in school zones and neighborhoods, where people often feel safest.
If you or someone you know has been seriously injured as a result of a motorist who negligently chose to speed on the roadways, you may be entitled to compensation. You will likely require legal representation if:
- Injury caused a broken bone or a serious cut or burn
- Injury required a hospital visit
- Symptoms continued 3-4 weeks after the accident
- Injury caused an altered state of consciousness
- A child was injured
- Multiple people were significantly injured
- It isn’t clear who is at fault
- Either party’s insurance company denies coverage
- Someone was killed or injured to the point of requiring a guardian
The preceding types of serious injuries can be life altering for you and your loved ones. It is crucial to hire an attorney who will stand up for your legal rights against the at fault party or, if need be, the negligent insurance company. An attorney will provide you with the efficient and effective legal representation you deserve after experiencing a speeding related motor vehicle accident.