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Speeding: A Common Cause of Car Accidents

Speeding, or driving over the posted speed limit, continues to be a common cause of car accidents, sometimes fatal accidents. According to the United States Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), speeding is among the most frequent causes of car accidents. This is certainly true here in Illinois, too.   

A couple weeks prior to this post, at around 5:30 p.m., a black Toyota Camry was speeding above the posted speed limit on I – 94 North near 87th Street. This vehicle was occupied by its driver and one passenger. Suddenly, this speeding Camry moved slightly out of its lane of traffic. It powerfully struck a stop sign and, unfortunately, struck a concrete barrier head on. The vehicle’s two occupants were not wearing their seatbelts. They were rushed to a nearby hospital. The car’s driver, 24 years of age, was pronounced dead at the hospital and the passenger, 31 years of age, remains in critical condition.

Speeding poses major costs to our society. The NHTSA estimates that speeding-related crashes costs our society around $40 billion. In the year 2012, speeding was a cause in nearly 30 percent of all fatal car accidents. In that same year, 10,219 traffic fatalities were caused by speeding out of a total 33,561 traffic-related fatalities.        

If you are injured from a car wreck at the fault of another driver, it is important that you hire an experienced personal injury attorney. Doing so will increase your chances of receiving adequate compensation.

Speeding is Dangerous

Not only is speeding against the law, but also poses significant risks. Per the United States Census Bureau, in the year 2008, 37,261 traffic-related fatalities resulted from speeding drivers.

The speed limit is lower in areas where speeding may pose hazards to the driver and to the community at large. For instance, if you are driving through a downtown area, the speed limit is probably lower to avoid risk of injuring pedestrians and other drivers.

The posted speed limit applies to every driver regardless of his or her driving ability. Drivers who adhere to the speed limit are better able to adjust to curves and avoid objects in the roadway. Adhering to the speed limit also enables you to adjust to dangerous situations.   

Negligence

If a speeding driver crashes into you, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages. This compensation may include, but is not limited to, medical expenses, lost wages, emotional distress and loss pain and suffering. However, you must be able to at least prove that the speeding driver was negligent in causing the accident. An attorney can help you through this complex process and ensure a timely filing pursuant to our statute of limitations rules.

Take Action and hire an Attorney for your Case

Again, if you are injured from a car accident at the fault of another driver, it is important that you hire an experienced personal injury attorney. The Illinois personal injury lawyers at Levin & Perconti have the experience needed to aggressively take on your case. Call us today at (312) 332-2872 or toll free (877) 374-1417 to schedule a FREE consultation.

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