When a speeding driver hits another car, the injuries can be devastating. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2018, 26% of all traffic fatalities occurred because at least one of the drivers was speeding. This accounted for almost 9,400 fatalities.
Tens of thousands of other drivers suffer significant injuries annually in a crash where one of the drivers was speeding. If this happened to you, and if you can use the facts in the case to show that the other driver’s speeding was the cause of the crash, you have the right to seek compensation for your lost wages, medical bills, and reduction in quality of life.
An Albany speeding accident lawyer at Bader Scott Injury Lawyers can perform a number of functions on your behalf, giving you more time to heal and focus on your family. We have seen the ways insurance companies sometimes treat victims of car crashes, and we want to help. For a free consultation, contact us at (404) 888-8888 today.
Proving That Another Driver Was Speeding
After another driver hit you and caused injuries, you may be unsure if you will be able to show that the other driver was speeding before the crash. Depending on the circumstances in the case, this can be a tricky thing to prove, but your Albany speeding accident lawyer can use a few different techniques to make the case for you.
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Studying the Police Report
In investigating the accident, law enforcement may determine the other driver was speeding prior to hitting you. Officers then may issue that driver a traffic citation, which is a key piece of evidence that we can use to help you win a fair settlement.
Even if police choose not to issue a traffic ticket to the other driver, evidence gathered at the scene may indicate the driver was speeding prior to the crash, such as the skid marks or the damage inflicted on your car or other objects near the scene. This information in the police report can help us show that speeding likely was occurring.
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If we can obtain video of the crash scene or the other driver’s behavior even a minute or two prior to the crash, this may help us show that the other driver was speeding and behaving in a negligent manner.
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The team at Bader Scott Injury Lawyers will interview any witnesses to the crash, including people who were riding in either vehicle, seeking to show that the other driver’s excessive speed led to the accident and your injuries.
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Hiring an Accident Recreation Expert
Should we need to take the investigation a step further, we could hire an accident recreation expert to show how the case indicates that the other driver was speeding.
Proving that the other driver was behaving negligently is the key to winning a settlement for you. Call us at (404) 888-8888 today for a free review of your situation.
Reasons a Driver May Speed
Georgia statute O.C.G.A. §40-6-181 spells out the rules for setting speed limits on the state’s roads. Even if the driver who hit you claims that he or she did not see a speed limit sign, a driver is expected to have an understanding of the speed limits on different types of roads, as spelled out in the statute, so he or she can always travel at a safe speed.
There are a number of reasons drivers choose to exceed the speed limit, even though they know that these choices could place themselves and other drivers in danger, including:
- Late for work or an appointment
- Angry at being caught in heavy traffic
- Enjoyment of testing the ability of the engine of a car
- Not paying attention to the road
- Suffering from road rage
Overcoming Your Injuries
Ultimately, you may not care why the other driver was speeding, especially after that driver hit you and caused your injuries. What is important is that the other driver could have chosen not to speed, which placed your life in danger.
Your injuries did not need to happen. By driving at or below the speed limit, it is possible that the other driver would not have hit you at all, meaning you would not be facing the potential for long-term complications from your injuries.
Even if going the proper speed limit would not have prevented the accident, it is probable that if the other driver had been traveling at a slower speed, your injuries would have been less severe.
For these reasons, you should not have to bear the financial, physical, and emotional problems that arise from an accident that is not your fault. This is where a financial settlement from the negligent driver’s insurance company can help you with the financial hardship you may face going forward as you attempt to recover from your injuries and return to as normal a life as possible.
Common Injuries in Speeding Accidents
Speeding accidents can cause quite a bit of damage to the human body. The excessive force that occurs when two vehicles collide is significant when both drivers are at or below the speed limit. But when one of the drivers is speeding, the force increases. Some of the injuries that are possible in a car crash where a negligent driver is speeding include:
- Broken bones
- Head trauma
- Concussion or traumatic brain injury
- Damage to internal organs
- Damage to spinal cord and spine
- Facial trauma
Some of these types of injuries can leave the victim unable to work or enjoy life in the same capacity he or she did before the accident. Hiring an Albany speeding accident lawyer is a means you can use to attempt to receive the fairest possible settlement for these life-altering injuries.
Reaching a fair settlement amount sometimes requires your personal injury attorney to present your side of the story to the insurer, showing why you deserve a certain compensation amount. If the insurance company will not negotiate in good faith, we can take the case to trial on your behalf. Call Bader Scott Injury Lawyers today for a free consultation at (404) 888-8888.
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