A Lackawanna speeding accident victim has to deal with the consequence of an accident, which mainly includes severe physical injuries, emotional trauma, and financial problems. A victim’s financial status is most likely going to be affected in the long-term after a speeding accident.
This is the main reason you should speak to an experienced Lackawanna speeding accident lawyer. Contact our Buffalo Car Accident lawyers and allow us to protect your rights and seek financial compensation for you. We are aggressive, confident, and experienced.
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How Does Speeding Increase The Chances Of An Accident?
According to a statistic by the (NHTSA) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, back in 2016, 18% of car-related accidents were triggered by speeding. Moreover, 27% of fatalities resulted from speeding-related accidents. This number has increased significantly due to the abolishment of steeper penalties. Clearly, speeding is the leading cause of fatal or severe crashes and injuries.
However, the question is, how does speeding increase the chances of an accident? Well, everything comes down to: –
Driver’s Reaction Time
When a vehicle is traveling fast or increases speed, so does the distance traveled. However, it has the opposite effect when it comes to a driver’s reaction time. For example, if a drive needs to avoid an obstacle, it will become difficult for them to react on time.
When a vehicle is traveling at high speeds, a driver’s vision tends to be impaired. In other words, even if a driver is concentrating on the road, the focus tends to be far away into the distance. This makes it difficult to notice certain road hazards like potholes, traffic signs, and others.
The faster a vehicle is traveling, the longer the braking distance it will need to bring it to zero. This is basic science because the higher the speed, the greater the amount of kinetic energy.
How Can I Prove That The Other Motorist Was Speeding And It Is The Cause Of The Accident?
To prove a speeding accident, three methods can be used. remember, to receive compensation, liability must be proven by providing proof of negligence. Remember, speeding is a criminal offense and if a third party is found to cause an accident due to speeding, then it automatically shows the third party is liable for the accident. To prove a speeding accident, you must:
If there are witnesses to an accident, then the witnesses can attest to the speeding. It may be difficult for an average person to gauge if a driver was going 5 or 10 miles over the legal speed limit. However, if anyone is at an intersection and a car blows through, most witnesses will know that kind of speeding.
Although police do not go to every kind of accident, it is highly important to ensure they come to the scene after an accident. That is because they will investigate and file a report describing the accident and the cause. Having this report can make a huge difference when it comes to proving fault. The police will not only file a report describing what went down but also collect details on the accident scene.
Collecting Physical Evidence
If no one witnessed the speeding accident do not worry because collecting physical evidence may help you. It is important to note that a speeding-related accident can only be proven at the sight of the accident. By collecting such evidence, all you need is a professional to look over the accident photos to prove a speeding offense. For this reason, consider taking photos of: –
- The skid marks on the road
- Road debris
- Car damage
How Long Do I Have To Make A Speeding Car Accident Claim In New York?
The time to file a compensation claim is known as the statute of limitations. In New York, car-related accidents have a three years Statute of limitations. However, it is important to note that the time to file a lawsuit will vary based on several factors. Time variation is affected by: –
If you are filing a compensation claim on behalf of someone who died (wrongful death). In this case, it will no longer be personal injury litigation, but a wrongful death action. If therefore, you are filing a wrongful death compensation, then the statute of limitation is two years.
Underage injured party/victim. If the injured party is a child, then that child has three years after they have turned 18 years to file a lawsuit. Under the law, if the case involves a child, then it will be tolled (paused) until they turn 18 years. This is known as ‘tolling’ the statute of limitations.
Government entities and organizations related litigations come with a very short time (statute of limitations). For example, if you want to file a speeding accident lawsuit against public or municipality authority then a Notice of claim containing specific content must be served within 90 days.
Why Do I Need A Lawyer?
A lawyer is familiar with the law in Lackawanna, New York, and as such, if you are involved in an accident, they will help you file for financial compensation immediately. Furthermore, because a layer has worked on many different accident cases, they know how the system works and the process to follow.
Also, they are in a better position to know the true work of your claim. Remember, all insurance companies are like any other business, and their main goal is to maximize profit. For this reason, they will work hard to minimize payouts. This is why insurance companies have their method of trying to exploit the situations.
A Lackawanna speeding accident lawyer will take and represent your claim in court if an agreement is not reached with the insurance company. a lawyer has access to expert witnesses and professionals who will help you improve your chances of getting the compensation.
How Much Will A Speeding Accident Lawyer Cost?
Our Lackawanna speeding accident lawyers offer free initial consultation services where we will listen to your claims and offer the best legal advice. We work on a contingency fee basis. This means that we do not get paid not unless we win you the case. We do not request any upfront amount regardless of your ability to pay for the service.
Contact A Lackawanna Speeding Accident Lawyer To File Your Claim
Do not allow insurance companies to take advantage of your situation. Let our Lackawanna speeding accident lawyer work on your compensation claim. Contact our offices and talk to us about your accident. Do not forget to provide any relevant detail and come with all necessary documents. Call us for your free initial consultation, and let us help you get the compensation you deserve.