New York Speeding Accident Injury Lawyer

In February 2014 a car that was driving 90 mph on the Long Island Expressway veered off the road and slammed into a tree. Both the 19-year-old driver and his 16-year-old passenger were killed. In July 2106 a car speeding down Bronxwood Avenue crashed into an SUV, killing one person and injuring 5 others. Speeding is a contributing factor in about 30% of accidents. Speeding is dangerous because drivers who are speeding have less control over the vehicle and are unable to quickly stop to avoid a collision. In addition, speeding cars exert more energy than cars traveling at slower speeds. This means that when they collide with another vehicle or a pedestrian, the collisions is extremely violent and more likely to be deadly. This means that victims of speeding accidents are more likely to suffer catastrophic injuries such as a traumatic brain injury, amputations, broken or crushed bones, or a spinal cord injury that results in paralysis. These types of injuries involve long recovery times, with the victim being unable to work for weeks or even months. However, under New York law victims of car accidents are allowed to seek compensation from the person whose negligence resulted in the car accident. If you are in need of a New York Injury Lawyer because you or a family member was injured in a car accident where the driver was speeding, it is important to contact an experienced New York Speeding Accident Injury Lawyer who will help ensure that the person responsible for your losses is held accountable in a personal injury or wrongful death claim.

The dangers of speeding

There are two main reasons that speeding is dangerous. First, speeding cars exert a great deal of force such that victims are more likely to suffer serious or fatal injuries. Second, speeding vehicles need more time to stop than cars traveling at slower speeds. This means that speeding drivers cannot stop to avoid unexpected changes in traffic, road hazards or pedestrians. The inability to stop is one of the top causes of death on roads.

Common injuries suffered by victims of speeding accidents

Because of the impact of a car that is traveling at a high speed, the injuries tend to be catastrophic, such as:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Back and spinal cord injuries
  • Neck injuries
  • Amputations
  • Broken or crushed bones
  • Whiplash
  • Face injuries
  • Scrapes, bruises, and lacerations
  • Death
Pursuing a claim

In order to prevail in a car accident claim, you will need to prove that the other driver was negligent. The elements of negligence include: (1) the existence of a duty of care, (2) a breach of that duty, (3) actual and proximate causation and (4) actual damages. Speeding is likely to be interpreted as a breach of the duty to use reasonable care.

Those injured in car accidents suffer a variety of serious injuries that require extensive treatment. This means substantial medical bills and missed work. However, New York law gives injured victims the right to seek compensation from the negligent party. The types of compensation that you may be able to recover if you file a claim against the negligent person include:

  • Lost wages
  • Medical bills including bills from the hospital, your doctors, prescriptions and bills associated with medical equipment
  • Damage to your vehicle
  • Pain and suffering

If a family member was killed in the accident, the law allows the decedent’s personal representative to seek damages through a wrongful death claim

Beware that New York law has a specific time limit for filing a claim in a personal injury case. If you do not file your claim within the time period, you will be forever barred from collecting damages even if your case has merit.

New York Speeding Accident Injury Lawyer

A car accident leaves victims in both physical pain and financial pain. Thus, it is important to hold the negligent party accountable for their actions. If you were injured in a car accident, in order to ensure that your rights are protected, it is important to contact an attorney who not only has experience handing car accidents, but is also familiar with the medical issues victims of such accidents experience. The staff at Stephen Bilkis and Associates has extensive experience representing clients injured in car accidents, construction accidents, truck accidents, as well as other types of accidents. Contact us at 1-800-NY-NY-LAW (1-800-696-9529) to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your car accident.

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