Speeding Car Accident Lawyer
Our St. Louis Law Firm can help you recover compensation from a driver who caused an accident due to speeding.
Responsible drivers know that speed limits are in place to help protect drivers from the serious harm that will be caused by a car accident. If you have recently been injured by a speeding driver, our law firm can help. Injuries from these types of accidents can be severe with long hospital stays and expensive doctor bills.
Our group of experienced attorneys will assist you in pursuing compensation for those economic losses as well as the pain and suffering you are now enduring.
The Dangers of Speeding
While it may be obvious to you that the faster a car is moving the less time there is to react, many other drivers choose to ignore this fact. This coupled with the increased force a speeding car creates, results in injuries that are more severe than in other types of car accidents. Broken bones, spinal injury, and traumatic brain injury are all associated with high-speed car crashes.
The injuries that you are now suffering from due to your car accident are most likely exacerbated due to the increased speed of the negligent driver.
Our law firm has the resources and experience to recreate the accident and show how the speeding car led to the seriousness of your injuries.
How Speed Limits are Determined
Traffic engineers put a lot of time and energy into placing speed limits for good reason. Excessively driving over them is reckless, but even driving 5 miles per hour over the speed limit could be dangerous to other drivers. Curves and hills that cause blind spots are taken under careful consideration when determining the speed limit as well as the traffic patterns and nearby shopping centers or schools.
The speed limit is in place because the engineers who designed the road know how much time a driver will need to react if there is a sudden obstruction in the road in front of them or if a child were to inadvertently step out into the road. When a driver disobeys these limits they are putting everyone else on the road at serious risk of injury.
Even low-speed limit crashes can cause long-lasting medical problems for an accident victim. One of the most common of these types of accidents is the low speed rear-end collisions that occur at stop signs or traffic lights. Even if there is nothing more than a scratch on your bumper from the crash, you could still suffer from whiplash.
Our law firm will help you recover all damages from a whiplash injury or any other injury that occurs from this type of low-speed collision.
What Does the Law Say?
When it comes to basic speed limits, the Missouri law requires drivers to remain within a rate of speed so as not to endanger pedestrians, other drivers, or property.
The limits are as follows:
- 70 mph on rural interstates and freeways;
- 65 mph on rural expressways;
- 60 mph on urban interstate highways, expressways, freeways, and other roads except state two-lane lettered roads outside urban areas;
- 55 mph on two-lane state roads.
However, these speeding limits apply under normal circumstance. Other factors such as poor weather conditions may lower the basic speed limit.
Failing to comply with these speed limits will get you an automatic fine, and, in some case, license revocation or even years of imprisonment if the driver also caused harm to a pedestrian or other driver. But generally, speeding is a non-negotiable offense, and perpetrators shouldn’t expect to go free with just a warning.
Do Speed Limits Make the Road Safer?
The answer here depends on how you look at the question. First of all, studies show that lower speed limits don’t do much for crash prevention or lowering the number of car accidents on the roads. However, they do reduce the number of fatal or very severe accidents.
Secondly, numerous other factors can cause a car crash than just driving over the speed limit. Driver fatigue, faulty vehicles, poor weather conditions, previous medical condition, distracted driving, and more – all these factors can influence a driver and be the leading cause of an accident, regardless if the vehicle was within the state speed limit or not.
So, it could be a case of misunderstanding what the purpose of a law is. Speed limits cannot guarantee a safer road; nothing can. What they can do is, however, prevent fatal accidents by restricting the force of a moving car in case of impact.
What Does That Mean?
The law is the law. Though some research shows that in certain circumstances speed limits can be a bit more relaxed, current Missouri legislation is clear. If a driver is caught speeding, they are breaking the law. And if you’ve been the victim of a car accident, and the other driver was speeding, you are entitled to compensation.
St. Louis Whiplash Attorneys
Whiplash is often associated with speeding. Whiplash is a type of neck injury that occurs from the sudden jolting of your head forward and then backward when your vehicle is struck from behind. The muscles and tendons stretch past their normal capacity causing sharp pains in the area. Severe headaches and back pain are often secondary symptoms of whiplash to which the only treatment is time and pain management.
It is imperative that you see a physician immediately following an accident that involved speeding, no matter how minor your pain may seem. Whiplash can take days to present any painful symptoms, giving the defense cause to refute its connection to the car accident. As they may linger to appear, painful whiplash symptoms may stay with an accident victim for months, necessitating frequent therapy and pain management medications.
St. Louis Car Accident Law Firm
Our firm recognizes both the major and minor injuries that are the result of speeding car accidents and can assist in recovering your rightful damages in both scenarios. Talk to a Lawyer for Free 24/7 at (314) 361-4242!