Auto Accidents and Speeding

Mar 18, 2016 @ 09:00 AM — by Kerry Steigerwalt

A mangled car after an auto accident caused by speedingAlthough auto accidents caused by drunk driving may get more publicity, the fact is that hundreds of thousands of preventable car accidents, truck accidents, and motorcycle accidents occur in the United States each year due to speeding. When it comes to cases involving auto accidents and speeding, our San Diego, CA personal injury attorney has the experience, skills, resources, and tenacity to handle even the most complex cases successfully. If you or someone you love has been injured in an auto accident caused by another driver’s speeding, or if a member of your family was tragically killed in such an accident, we can help you obtain the full measure of damages to which you are entitled.

Contact our personal injury law firm today to arrange for an evaluation of your auto accident case.

How Common Are Speeding-related Fatalities?

According to the 2013 Traffic Safety Facts report published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the annual economic cost to society of speeding-related auto accidents was $40.4 billion. In 2012, speeding contributed to 30 percent of all fatal auto accidents, resulting in the loss of 10,219 lives. Between 2003 and 2012, 120,281 people were killed in speeding-related auto accidents throughout the United States. During that time, speeding-related auto accidents consistently accounted for between 30 and 32 percent of all traffic fatalities.

Distressingly, in 2012, 42 percent of speeding drivers involved in fatal auto accidents had blood alcohol concentration (BAC) levels of .08 grams per deciliter or higher. Sadly, 28 percent of the speeding drivers under the age of 21 who were involved in fatal auto accidents had BAC levels of .08 grams or higher. Drunk driving and speeding are clearly not mutually exclusive behaviors.

In 2012, California ranked second among all states in terms of speeding-related fatalities with 916. Only Texas ranked higher, with 1,247. In California, 112 speeding-related fatalities occurred on freeways and expressways, the highest number of any state.

Damages in Speeding-related Accident Cases

There are no two speeding-related auto accident cases alike; therefore, it is impossible for us to estimate the damages you will possibly be able to recover without first evaluating your case. However, in past speeding-related auto accident cases, we have been able to recover compensation for such losses and expenses as:

  • Surgery bills, physicians’ and surgeons’ fees, anesthesia costs, and other hospital and medical costs
  • Rehabilitation, medication, and home care expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of quality of life
  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish
  • Funeral costs (in cases of wrongful death)
  • Loss of future wages (in cases of wrongful death)
  • Loss of future benefits, support, consortium, and other future losses and expenses that can reasonably be projected (in cases of wrongful death)

Arrange for an Evaluation of Your Speeding-related Auto Accident Case

If you would like to arrange for an evaluation of your speeding-related auto accident case, or if you simply have questions about your legal rights and options, please contact our personal injury law firm today.

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