Speeding is one of the most common contributing causes for car accidents. Nearly every driver on the road has driven over the speed limit at some point in their lives, and you may be concerned that courts and insurance companies consider this infraction to minor to take it seriously. Miami speeding accident lawyer Prosper Shaked fights for the rights of car accident victims who were injured or lost family members because of speeding accidents.
If you or a loved one was injured in an accident caused by speeding, or if a member of your family was killed in one of these crashes, contact the Law Offices of Prosper Shaked to schedule a free legal consultation on your case. Our number is (305) 694-2676.
Dangers of High-Speed Car Accidents
High-speed car accidents are some of the most deadly and dangerous auto accidents. Cars are designed to handle collisions at high speeds, even at speeds in excess of normal highway speeds. The energy behind a car during a crash is a product of half its mass and the square of its velocity. This means that the speed of a vehicle contributes far more to the destructive power behind a crash than the vehicle’s weight.
During a crash, a car’s safety features work to fight against the energy of the crash. Crumple zones smash and collapse to pad the impact, increasing the time that it takes for the crash to happen. This gives the vehicles time to slow down and absorb some of the energy of the crash. Airbags work similarly to pad the driver during the collision, using pockets of air to cushion the blow. Most modern cars are safer and help protect the victim during a crash, but these safety features can only do so much.
If a driver was excessively speeding, their speed and the energy behind the crash may be more than your car’s safety features can handle. Additionally, if the driver hit you head-on, the effective speed of the crash is the total speed of both vehicles put together, making head-on accidents even worse. If you were rear-ended at highway speeds, the accidents might not have been too severe if the difference between the speeds of each car was low – but these accidents can cause you to swerve and lose control, potentially causing serious damages if your car rolls over or leaves the road surface after the crash.
Financial Compensation for Speeding Accidents
After a serious car accident, your vehicle may be totaled. To make matters worse, you could face serious injuries, resulting in expensive medical bills, lost wages from missed work, and damages for pain and suffering. These damages may be compensated by an injury lawsuit.
Florida law may limit your right to sue based on its no-fault accident laws. Your auto insurance policy’s PIP coverage (personal injury protection) may require you to get damages through that policy no matter who was at fault for the accident. However, this might have limitations including reduced percentages that the policy pays, deductibles you must pay, and areas of damages that are left out. If your damages include permanent injuries, if you sue for the death of a loved one, or if your damages total more than $10,000, you may be entitled to sue in court instead.
When you take your case to court, you must prove the damages you faced and prove that the accident was the other driver’s fault. The damages for medical bills and lost wages can be demonstrated through paperwork like bills, bank statements, pay stubs, and other financial records. Damages for pain and suffering are harder to demonstrate, but your attorney can help you keep a pain journal and testify to how the injury affected your life.
Proving fault in a car accident is an essential part of getting you the compensation you need. To prove the other driver was at fault for the crash, you must be able to point to some duty that the other driver failed to uphold. In an accident involving speeding, it is simple enough to prove that the driver’s excessive speed violated speed limit laws and was a major contributing factor to the accident. This may be sufficient proof that the other driver was at fault.
If you lost a loved one in a car accident, you may be entitled to additional damages for their loss. Pain and suffering at the end of their life, medical expenses for end of life care, damages for funeral and burial expenses, ongoing lost wages, lost inheritances and investments, lost counsel and companionship, and other damages may all be available if you lost a close family member to a speeding accident.
Call Our Miami Speed-Related Accident Lawyer Today
If you or a loved one was injured in an accident that was, in part, caused by speeding, contact our law offices today. The law is on your side if you were the victim of a speeding accident, and Prosper Shaked Accident Injury Attorneys PA may be able to take your case and fight to get you the financial compensation you need. To schedule a free legal consultation, call Prosper Shaked, a Miami personal injury lawyer for accidents caused by speeding. Our number is (305) 694-2676.