New York City is the city that never sleeps. Unfortunately, some New York City drivers take that slogan to heart and think that they need to disregard traffic laws and speed to get to their destination. Have you been injured in a New York City speeding accident? If so, you can pursue compensation from the at-fault driver who's speeding caused your car accident.
You don't have to handle a speeding accident Insurance claim alone. Attorney Michael J. Redenburg has extensive experience negotiating with insurance companies that tried to deny valid speeding accident claims or undervalue them. Contact him today to schedule your free consultation to discuss your speeding accident case. He will advocate for you to obtain the compensation you deserve through an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit.
Speeding Accidents Are Far Too Common in New York City
Speeding is one of the most common causes of car accidents in New York City and around the United States. In over one-third of all car accidents, excessive speeding is a contributing factor. In 2018, 9,378 victims died in speeding accidents in the United States. Every year, hundreds of thousands of victims are injured by speeding drivers. Speeding and aggressive driving can also go hand-in-hand. Aggressive drivers are more likely to cause dangerous accidents, and aggressive drivers often speed or try to cut off other drivers.
Why Is Speeding So Dangerous?
Many drivers assume that speeding isn't that dangerous, especially if they're only going 10 to 15 miles over the posted speed limit. However, speeding contributes to the likelihood that a car accident will occur. When drivers are speeding, they cannot react to dangerous conditions safely, and it takes more time for them to brake to avoid car accidents. Government agencies post speed limits that are lower on roads that pedestrians and bicyclists use. Additionally, when there are more traffic stops, the speed limit will be lower.
Speeding decreases the effectiveness of the motor vehicles' safety protection features and makes it more difficult for the driver to control the vehicle and dangerous weather conditions. When drivers disregard the posted speed limit, these roads become more dangerous for other drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists. In addition to causing more car accidents, speeding can also increase the severity of car accidents, resulting in more catastrophic injuries.
Proving Negligence in a Speeding Accident
Driving at speeds above the posted speed limit is a violation of New York City traffic laws. It's also a form of negligence. Drivers owe other drivers a duty to drive reasonably under the circumstances. When drivers choose to speed, they are not driving reasonably under the circumstances. When their speeding causes a car accident that results in a victim's injuries, the victim can hold the speeding driver accountable through a personal injury lawsuit. Drivers rarely admit that they were speeding before the car accident occurred. Through a personal injury lawyer's help, victims must prove that the at-fault driver was speeding.
The police report may mention that the at-fault driver was speeding, but they don't always do so. Proving that speed contributed to the crime is necessary but can be challenging. Attorney Michael J. Redenburg has successfully represented many clients who become injured and speeding accidents. He knows how to investigate car accidents to gather evidence of speeding by:
- Interviewing witnesses to the car accident
- Visiting the scene of the car accident to examine the road conditions and skid marks
- Work with an accident reconstruction specialist who can determine the accident's cause
- Review the police report carefully
- Obtain any CCTV or other video footage of the accident that could provide clues
- Examine the damage to the vehicles
During his investigation, attorney Michael J. Redenburg could discover that factors other than speeding contributed to the car accident. There may be another driver whose negligence also contributed to your injuries. There could be a third party who is liable for the speeding driver, such as his or her employer. He will investigate all compensation sources and determine the best legal path to obtain the most amount of compensation for your injuries.
Compensation Available in a Speeding Accident Claim
Depending on the facts of your case, you may see compensation through the at-fault driver's insurance company. Alternatively, you may need to pursue compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. Successful personal injury plaintiffs are entitled to the following types of damages:
- Medical bill
- Future medical bills
- Lost wages and work benefits
- Loss of your earning capacity
- Rehabilitation, including physical and occupational therapy
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Emotional distress
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
If your loved one died in a speeding accident, you have a right to seek compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit. Successful plaintiffs are entitled to funeral expenses, medical expenses for their loved one before he or she passed away, and compensation for pain and suffering.
New York's Statute of Limitation
If a speeding driver has injured you, you are probably feeling overwhelmed. The thought of a personal injury lawsuit may seem daunting as you are recovering from your serious injuries. However, victims of speeding car accidents only have three years to submit their personal injury lawsuit. Once the New York state statute of limitation expires, you will lose your right to bring a lawsuit for compensation. It's important to contact a personal injury lawyer quickly to begin the investigation process.
Contact an NYC Speeding Accident Lawyer Today
Were you or your loved one injured in a New York City speeding accident? If so, you don't have to handle the process of seeking compensation alone. Attorney Michael J. Redenburg will negotiate assertively for your right to fair and full compensation. Obtaining compensation for your medical bills, pain, suffering, and lost wages can help you and your family secure your financial future. Contact attorney Michael J. Redenburg today to schedule your free initial consultation.