Speeding is one of the most dangerous things a person can do behind the wheel of a car. While any vehicle collision can be destructive, greater speeds mean more force in an impact, which can cause more serious damage. Most experts agree that a simple thing drivers can do to reduce their chances of accidents is to slow down, yet speeding accidents occur every day in the city.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident with a driver who was speeding, do not suffer in silence. Hold him or her accountable for reckless driving. Even if their insurance company offers you a settlement, it may be much less than you need after a serious crash.
Call Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP, at (212) 986-7353 to discuss your options, and seek the compensation you deserve with the help of a top New York City auto accident lawyer.
- Reduced reaction time – The faster drivers go, the less time they have to slow down or stop when a dangerous situation arises.
- Loss of control – Driving faster than the speed limit can also make it more difficult to control certain vehicles. Dangerous conditions, such as sharp turns or wet roads, can be even more hazardous when someone is driving too fast.
- Inability to adapt – Even if a person has time to react to a situation, going fast might make that impossible. Brakes have limits on how quickly they can stop a vehicle, and high speeds can make them less effective.
- Increased tendency to speed – As someone drives over the speed limit more often, he or she may become comfortable with it. Soon, a driver might not even realize he is going dangerously fast.
Driving faster than the speed limit posted in an area is not only dangerous, but has numerous consequences, especially when combined with other actions like driving while intoxicated or distracted. Some of the most common consequences of speeding include:
- Tickets for violating the speed limit
- Increased chance of collision
- More damage to objects or vehicles in a collision
- More serious injuries as a result of a collision
- Increased liability for a collision
After any vehicle accident, it is important to determine if negligence occurred, since the negligent driver is also the liable driver. In general, driving faster than the speed limit can be seen as an act of negligence: the faster someone is going, the more reckless the behavior becomes. That makes the speeding driver legally accountable for vehicle damage and personal injuries caused by an accident.
To prove liability, it must be shown that the driver’s negligence directly caused or contributed to an accident. Through accident reconstruction, it is easy to show how high speeds either made a crash occur or increased the consequences of that crash. Our experienced vehicle attorneys work with engineers and other professionals to gather forensic evidence and show how another driver’s recklessness caused our clients’ injuries.
Do not try to handle a personal injury claim on your own. Doing so may not only waste your time and money, but cost you the opportunity to seek compensation for your injuries. You need a knowledgeable lawyer to fight for you and prove your case. Call us today at Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP, at (212) 986-7353.