Speeding on Florida’s streets leads to increased collision risks as well as severe injuries and fatalities. The father-son team of car accident attorneys at Flaxman Law Group see the devastating injuries speeding causes. If you’ve been injured by an unsafe driver who was going too fast, contact our Miami, Homestead, or Hollywood offices for a free, no obligation consultation with a Florida car accident claims lawyer.
The Dangers of Speeding
Speed limits in Florida are established with careful consideration of road grades and conditions, traffic flow, and other factors. Exceeding these posted speed limits is not only against the law but also creates a number of dangers:
- Reduced Reaction Time: Speeding reduces the time a driver has to react to unexpected obstacles, pedestrians, or other vehicles on the road, increasing the likelihood of collisions.
- Decreased Control: Higher speeds make it challenging to control a vehicle, especially around curves or in bad weather.
- Increased Stopping Distance: Speeding requires a longer distance to bring a vehicle to a complete stop, increasing the risk of rear-end crashes.
- Impact Severity: The force of impact increases exponentially with speed, leading to more severe injuries and greater damage in the event of a collision.
- Pedestrian and Cyclist Safety: Speeding significantly reduces the chances of avoiding collisions with pedestrians or cyclists. These users of the road can be harder to spot when a driver is speeding and since they’re going much more slowly, crashes are more likely.
What Should I Do If I’m Injured in a Car Accident Involving Speeding?
If a speeding driver causes your accident, which results in injuries to you, it’s important to report the incident to authorities right away. Speeding is a traffic violation and the driver may lose points on their license, face fines, and could even face charges.
Regardless of whether the at-fault driver faces any criminal charges, if you’ve been injured by their actions you may have a legal claim against them. This allows you to seek compensation for your car damages, pain and suffering, income loss, medical bills, and other losses. It’s important to protect your rights to this compensation, because the costs of a speed-related crash can be high. Here’s how to protect yourself after this kind of crash:
- Ensure your safety and the safety of others involved by moving vehicles to a safe location, if possible.
- Report the accident to the police and obtain an official accident report, which you may need for insurance claims and legal claims.
- Collect information from all parties involved, including driver’s license, insurance details, and contact information.
- Take photos or videos of the accident scene, vehicle damage, and road conditions.
- Even if you feel fine, seek medical attention to assess and document any potential injuries. Some injuries may not manifest immediately.
- If you’re injured, consult with a Florida car accident claims attorney as soon as possible after your accident, to find out whether you have a claim.
If you’re injured and need to find a Florida car accident claims attorney, call Flaxman Law Group at 866-352-9626 or contact us online. Our family-based law firm has a father-son attorney team and a track record of securing over $100 million for clients so far. Our attorneys have extensive negotiation and trail experience, so we’re prepared to take your claim before the courts if that’s the best way to get you fair financial recovery. If you’ve been injured, your first consultation with a Florida car accident claims lawyer is free and our offices in Miami, Homestead, and Hollywood are here to help.