Fort Myers Accident Lawyer Representing People Injured in Speeding Accidents Throughout Florida
Every driver has the duty to obey the speed limit when operating a motor vehicle in Florida. This means driving the posted miles per hour and maintaining a safe speed that accommodates adverse driving conditions, such as heavy rain, traffic congestion or roadway construction. Your recovery of damages may be affected if speed was a factor in your auto crash. An experienced Fort Myers auto accident lawyer can help you obtain your due compensation.
Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. investigates whether speed was a factor in your collision. To calculate speed, we can review evidence of airbag deployment, video footage, black box recorder information and expert opinions as to what speed the vehicles were traveling to cause the level of auto damage and injuries. As a Florida Board Certified civil trial lawyer, our founding partner, Randall L. Spivey, has a proven history of litigation experience and high-level skills. Attorney Spivey is also a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Call (888) 477-4839 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your rights and options for recovery.
Dynamics of a High-Speed Collision
High-speed collisions occur more often than crashes at slower speeds and the outcomes are much worse. A higher speed increases the stopping distance from the time the driver notices a problem to the time the car comes to a stop after braking. Add another element, such as slick roads or poor visibility, and the opportunity to avoid the crash is severely diminished. Traveling at a high speed also increases the chance that the driver will lose control of the vehicle.
In addition, speed affects the degree of impact and, in turn, the severity of any resulting injuries. For example, a bumper can absorb impact in a very minor, slow-speed collision, whereas the impact in a high-speed crash can crush the body of the car and subject the occupants to extensive force.
What Types of Damages Can You Expect After a High-Speed Accident?
The severity of injuries increases in relation to speed. Likewise, the level of liability also increases. Speeding is evidence of recklessness and fault. You can recover under your uninsured/underinsured motorist policy and the driver’s liability policies. In crashes involving company-owned vehicles and drivers who are on the job, the employer’s liability insurance and umbrella insurance policies provide a significant source of monetary recovery for you and your injuries and other damages.
Furthermore, the speed at which the driver was traveling may be so high as to reach gross negligence and entitle you to punitive damages in addition to compensatory damages, such as medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering damages. Punitive damages compensate you for the non-economic costs arising from your serious permanent injuries.
Talk to a Fort Myers Lawyer About Compensation for Injuries You Sustained in a Speeding Crash
Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. represents individuals injured in speeding accidents in Fort Myers and Cape Coral, all of Lee County, Charlotte County and Collier County, as well as Bonita Springs, Estero, Naples, Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda. Learn more about your rights and options during a free consultation with our lawyers. Call (888) 477-4839 or contact us online today.
More Helpful Information
For the last few months, most people in the United States have been staying home during the COVID-19 pandemic. This has led to a dramatic drop in traffic. However, there has been a dangerous surge in speeding.
When traveling on Southwest Florida roadways, one encounters speeding and aggressive drivers every day. These drivers cause accidents that affect all of us.
NBC Nightly News reported on April 30, 2018 that drivers are demanding faster traffic flow even while roughly 40,000 people died on our nation’s roadways in 2017. It is found that as the speed limit increases so does the potential for more accidents and fatalities.