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Nassau County Speeding Accident Injury

Speeding is one of the top contributing factors in car accidents. In fact, speeding is a factor in over 30% of fatal car accidents. Speeding occurs on just about every type of roadway and neighborhood, including highways, residential areas, commercial areas, and rural areas. Speeding is dangerous because drivers who are speeding have less control over the vehicle and are unable to quickly stop to avoid a collision. In addition, speeding cars exert more energy than cars traveling at slower speeds. This means that when they collide with another vehicle or a pedestrian, the collisions is extremely violent and more likely to be deadly. This means that victims of speeding accidents are more likely to suffer catastrophic injuries such as a traumatic brain injury, amputations, broken or crushed bones, or a spinal cord injury that results in paralysis. These types of injuries involve long recovery times, with the victim being unable to work for weeks or even months. However, under New York law victims of car accidents are allowed to seek compensation from the person whose negligence resulted in the car accident. If you are in need of a New York Injury Lawyer because you or a family member was injured in a car accident where the driver was speeding, it is important to contact an experienced Nassau County Speeding Accident Injury Lawyer who will help ensure that the person responsible for your losses is held accountable in a personal injury or wrongful death claim.

Why do people speed?

There are a variety of reasons that people speed. Some speed for thrill seeking reasons, while others speed for more practical reasons such as being late for an appointment. Some of the most common reasons for speeding include:

  • Driver is late for work, school or an appointment
  • Driver is impatient
  • Driver is in a bad mood
  • Driver is annoyed at other drivers
  • Driver does not believe he or she will get caught
  • Driver does not notice that he or she is driving so fast
  • Driver enjoys the thrill of driving fast
  • Driver is unaware of the speed limit
  • Driver does not believe that speeding is a big deal

Keep in mind that speeding does not occur only when a driver travels at a speed above the posted speed limit. A driver is considered to be speeding or driving recklessly when that driver drives faster than prudent given road and weather conditions. For example, a driver would be driving recklessly if he or she drove at the posted speed limit when there is thick fog or when there is a heavy snow storm.

What types of injuries to victims of speeding suffer?

Victims of speeding are passengers, occupants of other cars, bicyclists, motorcyclists, and pedestrians. Because of the impact of a car that is traveling at a high speed, the injuries tend to be catastrophic, such as:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Back and spinal cord injuries
  • Neck injuries
  • Amputations
  • Broken or crushed bones
  • Whiplash
  • Face injuries
  • Scrapes, bruises, and lacerations
  • Death
Pursuing a claim

Those injured in car accidents suffer a variety of serious injuries that require extensive treatment. This means substantial medical bills and missed work. However, New York law gives injured victims the right to seek compensation from the negligent party. The types of compensation that you may be able to recover if you file a claim against the negligent person include:

  • Lost wages
  • Medical bills including bills from the hospital, your doctors, prescriptions and bills associated with medical equipment
  • Damage to your vehicle
  • Pain and suffering

If a family member was killed in the accident, the law allows the decedent's personal representative to seek damages through a wrongful death claim

Beware that New York law has a specific time limit for filing a claim in a personal injury case. If you do not file your claim within the time period, you will be forever barred from collecting damages even if your case has merit.

Nassau County Speeding Accident Injury Lawyer

A car accident leaves victims in both physical pain and financial pain. Thus, it is important to hold the negligent party accountable for their actions. If you were injured in a car accident, in order to ensure that your rights are protected, it is important to contact an attorney who not only has experience handing car accidents, but is also familiar with the medical issues victims of such accidents experience. The staff at Stephen Bilkis and Associates has extensive experience representing clients injured in car accidents, construction accidents, truck accidents, as well as other types of accidents. Contact us at 800.696.9529 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your car accident.

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