A large number of accidents could be avoided if drivers just slowed down. Unfortunately, speeding drivers are a major factor in causing car collisions and increasing the severity of resulting injuries.
The Gumprecht Law Firm is a well-known Georgia car accident law firm. Because accidents do not often conveniently occur during the weekdays, we maintain a 24/7 policy that gives you immediate access to your attorney no matter what day or time your crash happens. We are here to help you in the middle of the night or on the weekend if that is when you need us. This policy is important in speeding cases because we are able to act quickly to collect vital evidence of speeding before the crash is cleared and the evidence is lost forever.
Our attorney’s dedication to our clients and high-dollar outcomes has earned him such honors as a lifetime membership in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the title Legal Elite in Georgia Trend Magazine. He also has a reputation for taking the extra step to help his clients.
Speed Increases Risk and Severity of an Accident
Speeding is dangerous for two reasons. First, the faster the speed, the greater the risk of crashing. The vehicle takes longer to stop from the time the driver registers a danger and applies the brake, and so a speeding driver might not avoid an otherwise preventable collision. The stop time increases even further for heavier vehicles, such as tractor-trailers or large vans. Combining other factors, such as alcohol impairment or texting, with speeding increases the risks exponentially.
Severity of injuries also increases along with speed. In fact, speeding was a factor in more than one-fourth of all traffic fatalities and is considered a primary cause of accident deaths by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
Determining Vehicular Speed
Our law firm initiates a thorough investigation to determine how fast a vehicle was travelling in the moments before a crash. We visit the accident scene to measure skid marks and crash debris. We inspect the vehicles for clues presented by the extent and type of damages. We call upon our network of experienced engineers who calculate speed based upon the evidence.
Speeding in Adverse Roadway Conditions
Speeding does not just refer to travelling above the posted speed limit. A driver may be held liable for failing to adjust speed to adverse road conditions. For example, torrential rain or fog may limit visibility and require a driver to slow down. Icy roads can create serious skid hazards, especially on invisible black ice. Traffic may also slow substantially under the posted miles per hour during rush hour.
Call Now to Get the Help You Need
Your lawyer is available right now, so do not wait to get the help you need after a car wreck. Schedule a free case evaluation with The Gumprecht Law Firm at 678-800-1050. We are here for you.