A driver who exceeds the posted speed limit is putting their life and the lives of others at risk. A speeding driver not only endangers himself, but also his passengers and every other motorist, pedestrian, bicyclist, and motorcycle rider on the roads.
An Austin speeding accident attorney at the Loewy Law Firm is there to help victims pick up the pieces and fight for their rights to compensation under Texas law when a speeding driver makes a dangerous choice and causes a collision to occur. We’ve been helping the victims of speeding accidents rebuild their lives for more than 15 years. During that time, Adam Loewy and his team have helped our clients recover tens of millions of dollars in compensation for their injuries. But it’s not just about our results with us; we’re committed to providing the best possible experience for our clients through the duration of the legal process.
Waiting too long to talk to an Austin car accident attorney after an accident could damage your chances of getting fair compensation for your injuries. Get a free case review with our team today by calling (512) 280-0800 or visiting our firm’s contact page.
Recoverable Compensation in an Austin Speeding Accident
Exceeding the posted speed limit is an inherently dangerous activity, as well as a violation of the law. Because going too fast is a violation of a safety rule, a driver who exceeds the posted speed limit can be presumed negligent if he causes a crash to occur. This means victims of speeding collisions in Austin can make a claim without having to specifically prove the driver was more careless than a reasonable driver would have been.
If you were in a car accident and you can prove a speeding driver was directly responsible, you should be compensated for medical costs; wage losses; pain and suffering; emotional distress; and other damages. If the speeding accident killed your relative, you should have a wrongful death claim for damages.
While a driver who exceeds the speed limit has obviously made a dangerous choice, this is not the only situation in which car crash victims can pursue a claim for compensation after an accident. Drivers who go too fast for the road conditions can also be held accountable if their car goes out of control, if they cannot stop their vehicle in time to avoid a crash, or if they otherwise cause an accident to occur.
A speeding accident attorney serving the Austin area can help those who have been involved in accidents with drivers going at an unsafe speed. The Loewy Law Firm can subpoena records, get police reports, talk to witnesses, call in experts, and otherwise help you get the evidence you need to show that you were the victim of a driver’s careless choice to go too fast.
Proving the Other Driver Is Liable in a Speeding Accident
To claim compensation for your injuries after a speeding accident, you will need evidence showing the other driver was acting negligently and that their negligence was what caused your injuries. Some evidence that’s commonly used in these cases includes:
- Police accident reports
- Your medical records
- Photos or video from the scene of the accident
- Eyewitness accounts
- Testimony from expert witnesses and accident reconstruction teams
While you could gather much of this evidence yourself after an accident, it’s difficult to do if you’re trying to recover from serious injuries at the same time. You’re much better off speaking to an Austin speeding accident lawyer and letting them handle the grunt work while you focus on getting healthy. This is something our legal team is extremely good at.
Common Injuries from Speeding-Related Accidents
The laws of physics tell us that the faster a car is moving when it hits something, the stronger the impact force on the car and whatever it hits. This means that speeding accidents often cause more severe injuries than other kinds of accidents. Some of the most common injuries in speeding accidents include:
- Severe lacerations and broken bones
- Damage to internal organs
- Damage to the body’s soft tissues (ligaments, tendons, muscles, etc)
- Damage to the spinal cord, including full or partial paralysis
- Injuries to the head, back, and neck (e.g., whiplash)
- Facial disfigurement
- Traumatic brain injuries
How Often Do Speeding Accidents Happen in Austin?
Speeding accidents ruin thousands of lives across Texas and hundreds of lives in Austin every single year. Here are a few statistics for 2019 from the Texas Department of Transportation:
- There were 25,545 speeding-related accidents statewide in 2019. These crashes resulted in 715 deaths, almost 2,000 suspected serious injuries, and more than 11,200 non-incapacitating injuries or possible injuries.
- In Travis County, there were 20 fatalities as a result of speeding-related accidents in 2019. There were also 71 suspected serious injuries and 401 people who suffered non-incapacitating injuries or possible injuries.
- In Williamson County, which includes Round Rock as well as the northern part of Austin, there were 16 fatalities from speeding-related crashes in 2019. The Texas DOT reports there were also 23 suspected serious injuries and 124 people with non-incapacitating injuries or possible injuries.
Call an Austin Speeding Accident Attorney Today
Crashes at high speeds are more likely to cause significant injuries due to the greater force and impact of the faster car. Brain damage, broken bones, damage to the spine, and death can all result when a high-speed accident happens.
Whenever you sustained any kind of injuries, you deserve to be “made whole” for the losses the accident caused you to endure. An Austin speeding accident attorney from The Loewy Law Firm can help you to prove the other driver was speeding and can provide you with advice and assistance as you make a claim in court or negotiate with the insurance company of the speeding driver. As soon as you were hurt in a crash with a driver you think was going too fast, give us a call so we can help you fight for the money you need and deserve.