High Speed AccidentsJuly 31, 2014
In a 16 year study conducted by the Highway Safety Information System (HSIS), it was noted that fatal, speed-related crashes ranged between 11,000 to 13,000 cases per year, with a number of these accidents resulting from driving at an inappropriate speed during bad weather conditions.
When an auto accident occurs at high speeds, the subsequent injuries and property damage can be severe – in some instances, fatal. While it only takes a second for an Alabama car crash to happen, the aftermath of a serious collision, especially at high speeds, can be long term.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a high speed car wreck that was caused by another driver, the injury victim may be eligible for compensation for their losses.
To find out how we can help, simply fill out the Free Case Review form to the right.
Definition Of A High Speed Car Accident
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a crash is attributed to speeding if the driver was charged with a speeding-related offense or if an officer indicated that racing, driving too fast for road conditions, or exceeding the posted speed limit was a contributing factor in the collision.
In any type of collision, the severity of damages incurred is usually related directly to the speed of the vehicles involved. As a general rule, when a car is moving at a slow speed at the time of impact, less serious injuries will result as opposed to those that happen when the motorist is driving at higher speeds.
Similar to the extent of material damage that can result in a speed-related accident, debilitating injuries can often become costly for victims. Here at the Citrin Law Firm, we strongly feel that if your wreck was caused by the high speeds of a negligent motorist, you deserve both compassion and compensation for your losses.
Contributing Factors in Speeding Wrecks
While most high speed accidents take place on major highways where road design allows drivers to reach speeds they may not be able to on smaller, inner-city roads, it’s worth noting that a considerable number of speed related collisions occur on country roads – which that may not be monitored as closely by local law enforcement.
These types of accidents are typically caused by:
- careless or reckless driving
- aggressive driving techniques
- driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- drivers who are distracted
- those that fail to follow the rules of the road
It’s important to note that aside from these primary contributing factors, road design also plays a critical role in the occurrence of speed-related collisions.
Upon examining crash statistics from 2002, the NHTSA reported that almost 40 percent of high-speed related traffic fatalities occurred when a driver took a curve at an inappropriate speed. Under similar road conditions, this amounted to more than double the number of fatalities that happened in non-speeding related accidents.
Contact an Experienced Alabama Auto Injury Attorney
Every year, approximately 34 million speeding tickets that are issued nationwide. With this statistic in mind, the likelihood of being involved in a high speed crash is significant, with many motorists being more concerned about reaching their destination quickly rather than risking the lives of other motorists on our roads
Regardless of the glaring reminders of the dangers of driving at high speeds, mistakes happen and here at the Citrin Law Firm, we firmly believe the negligent drivers need to be held responsible and accountable for their actions. Having won over $40 MILLION in verdicts and settlements for our customers, our team have the knowledge and determination to fight for your MAXIMUM injury compensation.
With our primary office located in Mobile AL, we offer free case reviews for all of our clients and provide effective legal advice for injury victims in:
- Baldwin County
- Mobile County
- Coastal Alabama
- the Mississippi Gulf Coast
- the panhandle of Florida
…. and many other town and cities throughout the greater state of Alabama.
To find out how we can help you, contact us today at 251-888-8888. A member from our staff will collect some initial details about your incident and then quickly connect you to one of our attorneys – it’s that easy.
Alternatively, simply fill out the Free Case Review form located on this page.
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