A speeding driver can cause a car accident that results in devastating injuries in seconds. Speeding is dangerous because it can cause drivers to lose control of their vehicles and decrease their reaction time to prevent accidents. Speeding also increases the likelihood that a car accident will be fatal.
Discuss Your Case With a Houston Speeding Accident Attorney
If you or your loved one have been seriously injured in a car accident involving speeding, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. The speeding driver may be liable to pay for your medical costs, lost income, property damage, and pain and suffering. Reach out to one of the experienced car accident attorneys at Ceja Law Firm PLLC to schedule your free consultation and learn more about your legal options.
The Dangers of Speeding
In Texas, driving above the posted speed limit is illegal. It is also illegal for a driver to drive too fast for the conditions. For example, if it is raining heavily, the driver may be required by law to drive more slowly than the posted speed limit. Traffic accidents with the most force on impact are the most likely to result in severe injuries and fatalities. There will likely be a greater force upon impact when a driver is speeding.
Speeding is especially dangerous when an accident involves large commercial vehicles, such as semi-trucks. The massive weight of semi-trucks combined with high speeds makes them especially dangerous for other drivers and passengers on the road. Speeding results in all of the following dangerous consequences that can lead to auto accidents:
- Loss of vehicle control
- Higher likelihood of serious injuries or death
- Reduced effectiveness of safety equipment
- Increased stopping distance to avoid an accident
- Increased medical expenses accompany more severe collisions
Injuries Caused By Speeding Accidents
Car accidents involving speeding drivers can result in a wide range of injuries, from mild injuries like contusions to severe, life-altering injuries like spinal cord injuries. In some cases, victims don’t realize the full extent of their injuries until days after the accident, when the shock and adrenaline wear off. If you have been involved in an accident, it’s important that you undergo a thorough medical evaluation and keep all of your medical records. Doing so will help your compensation claim dramatically.
Proving Liability in a Speeding Accident Case
As the victim of a car accident, you have two main options for recovering compensation. First, you can pursue compensation by filing a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company. Second, you can pursue a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault party or parties. In both cases, you will need to show that the other driver’s negligence, recklessness, or intentional behavior caused the car accident that resulted in your injuries. You will also need to prove that the car accident resulted in physical, emotional, and financial damages.
Proving negligence isn’t always easy, even if it seems obvious that the other driver was speeding. We recommend reaching out to an attorney as soon as possible so your attorney can begin gathering evidence that the at-fault driver was driving above the speed limit. You will also need to gather evidence showing that the other driver’s speed caused the collision.
Recovering the Compensation You Deserve
Car accident injuries can be devastating financially. If you are admitted to the emergency room, you could pay thousands of dollars out of pocket, even with health insurance. You will also be responsible for copays, deductibles, and treatment expenses that are not covered by your insurance policy.
Serious injuries, such as spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries, could result in millions of dollars of related expenses. The car accident attorneys at Ceja Law Firm PLLC can help you find out if you are eligible for compensation from the speeding driver. If the other driver is liable for your injuries, you could be entitled to the following types of damages:
- Emergency room visits
- Hospital stays
- Doctors and specialists
- Follow-up therapy and treatment
- Lost pay
- Lost earning capacity
- Property damage
- Scarring or disfigurement
- Reduced quality of life
- Pain and suffering
- Punitive damages in some cases
What Is My Speeding Accident Case Worth?
An attorney at Ceja Law Firm PLLC will work with you and financial experts to determine the full extent of your economic damages. After carefully estimating the total value of your case, we will negotiate assertively with the insurance company or defendant to pursue the total amount of compensation you deserve. Without the representation of an experienced attorney, an insurance adjuster may take advantage of you and pressure you to sign a settlement offer that is far too low.
If you have lost a loved one in a car accident caused by a speeding driver, you may have a right to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit. A lawsuit will not be able to bring your loved one back, but it can help you and your family recover funeral expenses and other expenses related to your loved one’s death, such as:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Medical costs for your loved one before his or her death
- Loss of future projected income and earnings
- Loss of consortium and companionship (spouse)
- Loss of love and care (children)
- Pain and suffering
- Punitive damages in some cases
Additionally, pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit can help you hold the speeding driver accountable for his or her actions. If you are considering filing a wrongful death lawsuit, we recommend discussing your case with an attorney. You must file a lawsuit within two years of your loved one’s death in Texas.
Schedule Your Complimentary Consultation With an Experienced Attorney
The consequences of a car accident injury can be devastating for victims. If a speeding driver has injured you, you are not alone. The experienced personal injury attorneys at Ceja Law Firm PLLC are here to help. We will evaluate your case and advise you of all of your legal options. You may be entitled to compensation for the expenses related to your injuries. Contact Ceja Law Firm PLLC today to schedule your free and confidential consultation.
Ceja Law Firm PLLC helps clients with speeding car accident cases throughout Harris County and the Greater Houston Area including Pasadena, Baytown, Sugar Land, Bellaire, Galveston, Texas City, Jacinto City, and more.