Speeding and Car Accidents
Washington, DC Car Accident Lawyers
According to a study performed by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, speeding – defined as driving faster than surrounding traffic – nearly triples your odds of being in a car accident. Speed limits are established as a way of ensuring that all vehicles on a certain stretch of road travel at roughly the same speed. If someone is driving much faster than the posted speed limit, other nearby vehicles may miscalculate their speed in relation to that driver, putting them at a high risk of collision. Additionally, speeding drivers significantly reduce their reaction time to obstacles on the road, and have less control over their vehicle.
Car Accident Injuries Caused by Speeding
Speeding cars can cause serious personal injuries at impact, including:
- Whiplash – Often results in soft tissue damage to the neck and back area, although it can also cause brain injury. Whiplash injuries may not show symptoms until several days after a car accident.
- Brain injury – Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can lead to a wide range of consequences, including memory loss, sudden mood changes, vision problems, cognitive problems, and more.
- Spinal cord injury – An intact spinal cord is essential in order for your brain to properly communicate with the rest of your body. If your spinal cord is injured during an accident, you can potentially experience partial or complete paralysis.
Speeding is a contributing factor in close to a third of all fatal car accidents. If a speeding driver caused the death of your loved one, our experienced car accident lawyers can help you file a wrongful death claim to recover compensation for your loss.
Experienced Car Accident Lawyers in Washington, DC
In our busy culture, many drivers try to cut down their travel time by speeding and engaging in other reckless driving habits. The fact remains that speeding is a calculated, deliberate behavior where the driver acknowledges the risk, but ignores the danger. Around 90% of all drivers admit to speeding at some point, and 75% admit they do it regularly.
Speeding is negligence, and when it causes you to suffer a serious injury, you deserve to have an experienced Washington, DC car accident lawyer on your side who will work tirelessly to protect your rights and fight for justice on your behalf.
If you were injured in a car accident because of another driver’s negligence, please contact our car accident attorneys today to schedule a free initial consultation. Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. represents car accident victims throughout Washington DC.