High-Speed Car Accidents
Car Accident Attorney Serving McAllen, TX
Speeding is dangerous. It is neither worth the thrill nor shaving a minute or two from one's daily drive. Drivers who speed place themselves and everyone else on the road in danger of being involved in serious car accidents, and at Stern Law Group we are committed to helping people who have been injured in speeding-related accidents. Our firm handles car accident insurance claims and lawsuits in McAllen and the surrounding areas in Texas, using more than 150 years of combined legal experience to pursue justice for every client we represent. If you were involved in a high-speed collision, call for a free case review with a knowledgeable professional who can advise you of your rights and options.
High-speed collisions have the potential to cause catastrophic injuries. The force of impact is greatly increased in an accident where one or both vehicles are traveling at high speeds, and the resulting damage to a vehicle translates to an increased chance of injury to a driver and any other occupants. If a speeding driver strikes a pedestrian, bicyclist or motorcycle, the results are even worse. Here we will look at the dangers of speeding and what you can do if you were struck by a driver who was speeding.
The Dangers of Speeding
First, let us take a look at speeding. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) considers an accident to be speeding-related if a driver was exceeding the posted speed limit or was driving too fast for current conditions. Considering that definition, a driver may be considered speeding if he or she is racing on a public roadway, driving above the speed limit in the area or driving too fast based on road, weather or traffic conditions. Any of these may prove dangerous or fatal.
When a vehicle is traveling at a high speed, it can be more difficult to maneuver. A large pothole could cause it to spin out of control, and it may be impossible to safely navigate sharp curves in the road. The amount of time it takes for a speeding vehicle to stop is also greatly increased. A driver who is speeding may have insufficient time to avoid an obstacle in the road, stop at a traffic signal or respond to a hazard. These factors increase the likelihood of an accident and also increase the severity of injury this type of collision may cause.
The chances of catastrophic injury are greater in a high-speed accident than in a collision where a driver was obeying the posted speed limit. The force of impact may cause whiplash and other serious neck injuries, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord damage, broken bones, internal organ damage and joint injuries. In some cases these injuries may prove fatal. According to NHTSA statistics, nearly one in three traffic fatalities occur in speeding-related accidents. In 2011, 9,944 people lost their lives in speeding-related collisions (31% of all traffic fatalities that year).
Injured in a McAllen car accident? Call Stern Law Group.
Speeding is widely considered one of the most common causes or contributing factors to car accidents in the U.S. According to NHTSA estimates, speeding-related accidents cost society about $40.4 billion each year. They also cause countless injuries and claim thousands of lives. If you were injured in an accident involving a driver who was speeding, call our firm and find out what can be done to hold this driver liable. We can investigate the circumstances surrounding your crash to see what occurred and how to proceed with a claim or lawsuit against the at-fault driver. To get started, contact a McAllen car accident lawyer at our firm.