It seems like every time you enter a roadway, there is often a speeding vehicle that takes you by surprise – either speeding up alongside you or behind you, eager to pass. Most drivers recognize the danger that speeding presents, and will hurry to get out of the way of these dangerous drivers before they cause an accident. Unfortunately for many drivers, it is nearly impossible to avoid an accident when one vehicle is speeding. If you or a loved one have been injured in a speeding accident, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries.
Speeding Accidents in Texas
Speed limits were implemented by states and the federal government for specific reasons, many unrelated to the safety of motors. In 1973, Congress enacted a national maximum speed limit in a response to the oil crisis in an effort to reduce gasoline consumption. While the limit was highly disregarded by most drivers, the limit was increased to 65 miles per hour in 1988. Eventually, the national law was repealed entirely and left to the choice of the states. Texas currently has different speed limits set, depending on the highways, although the state limit is 75 mph, with 80 mph allowed in certain zones. In 2014, approximately 125,000 accidents were caused by the failure to control speed throughout the state, all of which could have been prevented.
Recovery from a Car Accident
A victim of a car accident caused by speeding may often receive devastating injuries, including the following:
Many of these injuries require extensive medical care and rehabilitation to treat and fully recover from, in addition to potentially weeks off of work.
The responsible party can be held liable for the following expenses following an accident caused by speeding:
- Medical expenses
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Lost wages
- Future earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
An experienced personal injury attorney will be able to assist you in calculating the full amount of damages you are entitled to receive as a result of your injuries, taking into account future circumstances. It is important that you not speak with the negligent driver’s insurance company prior to filing a claim for damages. The insurance company will attempt to settle the claim within a few days following the accident. The settlement the insurance company offers may seem generous, but it often does not take into account the future repercussions of your injuries. You must also keep in mind that any settlement with the insurance company may affect your ability to bring a claim later on.
Malley Law Firm | Houston Car Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one were injured in a car accident caused by speeding, do not hesitate to contact the Malley Law Firm. Tony Malley has years of experience in handling car accident claims and will work tirelessly to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. You should not be forced to spend your own money on your recovery, based on the actions of another driver. Contact our Beaumont or Houston offices today for your initial free consultation.