Car accidents are frequently caused by driver negligence. Driver negligence is defined as any action that does not uphold the driver’s duty to protect others from harm. Basically, any act of unsafe driving may be deemed to be an act of negligence, such as driving drunk, text messaging while driving, and disobeying posted traffic rules like speed limits and yield signs.
Speeding is one of the top causes of car accidents in the United States. Each roadway has a safe speed limit determined by a number of factors, such as the type of traffic it supports. Some roadways have both minimum and maximum speed limits, which are meant to ensure that drivers stay within a safe range of travel speeds. If you are injured in a collision because of another driver’s speeding, you can seek compensation for your damages through a personal injury claim.
Injuries Speeding Accident Victims can Sustain
- Organ and tissue damage;
- Broken bones;
- Spinal cord injuries;
- Head trauma; and
Often, injuries sustained in a car accident have complications. For example, a cut can result in severe blood loss, which can put you at risk of going into shock. Head trauma can result in a traumatic brain injury, which can cause you to suffer from confusion, memory loss, and difficulty with coordination and balance.
What to Do After a Speeding Accident
When you are involved in a car accident, stop your vehicle immediately and if it is safe to do so, pull off the road to allow traffic to continue in its normal pattern. Call 911 if anybody involved in the accident needs emergency medical attention.
Notify the local police department to have an officer sent to the scene. With this officer, you will fill out an official police report for the accident. Step out of your vehicle and take photographs of the accident and your injury.
Exchange insurance information with the other driver involved in the accident. If there were witnesses to the accident, take down their contact information. You might need to reach them later to get their testimonies to support your claim. Do not leave the scene of the accident without the other driver’s insurance information, all witnesses’ contact information, and a copy of the police report for the accident and any other paperwork the investigating officer makes available.
If needed, seek medical attention for your injuries as soon as possible. This is safer and could give you a better chance of making a full physical recovery.
Seeking Compensation for your Damages Suffered in a Speeding Accident
Through a personal injury claim, you can seek compensation for the following damages:
- All of your medical expenses;
- Your lost wages due to taking time off work to recover as well as your reduced future earnings in cases involving disability; and
- Your pain and suffering, the physical and emotional trauma following the accident.
In Arizona, there is a statute of limitations for personal injury claims. You must file your claim within this timeframe in order to recover compensation for your damages. It is typically 2 years, however, it can be less time in certain cases and it is best to consult with an injury attorney immediately.
You can recover compensation for your damages even if you were partially at fault for your accident. Imagine that your vehicle collides with another vehicle while traveling on the highway. You did not see the yield sign and merged right into the lane of oncoming traffic when you collided with another driver who was driving 20 miles per hour beyond the posted speed limit. You both behaved in a negligent manner and may be determined to be at fault for the accident. In this scenario, both drivers can recover compensation for their damages, but the total amount each can recover is reduced according to his or her percentage of the fault. For example, if a driver is deemed to be 30 percent at fault for the accident, he or she can only recover up to 70 percent of the money he or she would have been entitled to receive if he or she was not at all negligent. In Arizona, no injured victim is barred from recovering compensation for his or her damages, even if he or she holds 99 percent of the fault for the accident.
How Our Team Can Help you Recover your Damages
Although it’s possible to pursue a personal injury claim on your own, you are advised to work with a personal injury lawyer who can act as your advocate. Our team at Abels & Annes, P.C. can help you pursue your claim by helping you obtain and use all of the following pieces of evidence:
- The official police report;
- Your medical records and bills;
- Eyewitness testimonies of the accident;
- Photographs and video surveillance of the accident;
- Expert testimony when needed from parties such as your doctor, an accident reconstruction specialist, or a civil engineer; and
- Your record of your lost wages.
Our team works on each step of the personal injury claim process, such as negotiations with the insurance adjuster. We aggressively work with the insurance carrier on your behalf to maximize the settlement amount for your claim.
Work with Our Team of Phoenix Speeding Accident Lawyers
When you are suffering from the damages associated with an injury because of another party’s negligence, you have the right to seek monetary compensation for those damages through a personal injury claim. Our team of Phoenix car accident lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. can help you file your personal injury claim to seek the compensation you deserve. A few previous cases we have handled for car accident victims reached the following settlements:
- $150,000 for a victim who was injured in a rear-end car accident;
- $460,000 for a victim who suffered herniated discs in a car accident and needed to undergo corrective surgery.
Contact our office today to schedule your free case evaluation with a member of our team.