An unfortunate but extremely common behavior that is seen on Baton Rouge highways and roads is speeding, or driving in excess of posted safe speed limits. A driver’s reason for speeding can range from ignorance of the area’s speed limit, to road rage or even being impaired by drugs or alcohol.
The truth is that speeding increases a driver’s risk of being involved in— or causing— a vehicle collision.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration published a report containing crash data from 2011 in regard to speeding as a contributing factor in Louisiana motor vehicle fatalities. The results show 930 individual fatalities directly related to speeding.
If you or a loved one was hurt or died because of another driver’s careless speeding, then you may be eligible for compensation that can help cover medical costs, hospital fees, and the pain and suffering you endured as a victim of the crash.
The law firm of Simien & Simien will work to help guide you or your loved ones through a difficult and stressful experience, and we will always fight for the MAXIMUM amount of compensation due to our clients. We understand how frightening and overwhelming the ordeal can be, and our legal team is here to help.
To find out how we can help you, call us today at (800) 374-8422 or fill out the “Free Case Evaluation” form located on the top of this page, on the right. It is 100% FREE and there is no obligation to proceed.
What Causes a Driver To Speed?
Speeding is not a difficult offense to commit, and many drivers do it regularly. Unfortunately, speeding becomes a habit that is difficult to break, and many drivers allow themselves to be too distracted to notice they are traveling at a rate that is too fast and unsafe for the given conditions.
Although there are many reasons drivers speed, the following are some of the most common:
- Belief they will not be pulled over
- Driver distraction
- Driver is rushing to their destination
- Disrespect for the law
- Habitually drive too fast
- Road rage
- …to name a few.
All of these behaviors may have an explanation however they are all forms of negligent actions behind the wheel and frequently cause accidents. Additionally, any accident that occurs at a high speed will likely cause greater physical injury and destruction of property, due to the increased force at which the vehicles collide.
Common Injuries That Occur In Speed Related Accidents
The NHTSA’s crash report cites that on Louisiana highways in 2008 there were 3,083 crashes at speeds exceeding 70 mph, which is almost twice the number of accidents occurring at lower speeds. Rural interstates also saw more speeding offenses and an increase in crash occurrence as compared to urban streets.
The injuries that can result from accidents caused by speeding can range from minor bumps and bruises to serious, debilitating wounds or death. Some of the most common of those include:
- Fractured ribs
- Passenger injuries
- Seat belt injuries
Sadly, most drivers who speed do so habitually with no intention of altering their behavior for safety’s sake. Like many negligent behaviors, the more they are performed the less inhibition the driver has to perform them, creating a vicious cycle of irresponsible actions that are committed until it is too late and an accident occurs.
After an accident, contact a skilled attorney with experience in car accident speeding litigation, and rest assured knowing that they can handle your case with confidence and compassion. Suffering with the burden of medical bills, lost wages and emotional distress is not fair to the victims of these senseless crimes, and working with a Louisiana law firm can hold the negligent driver accountable for their actions.
Need Help? Contact Our Car Crash Attorneys Today
At the law offices of Simien & Simien, LLC, our goal is to provide our clients with intelligent and efficient legal services and in the case of a car crash, we feel that timing is vital.
With a tremendous amount of legal experience, the law offices or Simien & Simien have a team of knowledgeable, highly-skilled lawyers and staff members who are ready to assist the victims of motorcycle crashes.
Simien & Simien, LLC has offices in Baton Rouge and Lake Charles, where our seasoned litigators represent clients across the state of Louisiana, including:
- Baton Rouge
- Lake Charles
- New Iberia
Contact Simien & Simien through the Quick Connect form on our website, or by calling 1-800-374-8422. In personal injury vehicle collision litigation, there is no fee or recover expenses unless our attorneys make a recovery for the client.
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