Speeding Car Accidents
Legal Assistance for People Seriously Injured in Washington Speeding Car Accidents
If you have been injured or disabled in a Washington car accident due to a negligent driver who was speeding, you may be seeking answers to your legal questions. The Farber Law Group, a personal injury law firm in Bellevue, Washington, may be of assistance to you.
Speeding Car Accidents
We've all seen those signs, "Speed Kills." Drivers who are speeding cause approximately 30% of all motor vehicle accidents according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Speeding by itself contributes to almost one-third of all fatal motor vehicle accidents. According to NHTSA figures, in 55% of the fatal car accidents where speeding was involved, the driver was exceeding the speed limit and 45% were driving too fast for the road conditions.
One might think that most speeding deaths occur on highways, however, nearly 65% of all speeding-related fatalities occur on rural or country roads and many occur in residential and business zones.
The basic speed limits in Washington State are:
- 25 miles per hour on city and town streets
- 50 miles per hour on county roads
- 60 miles per hour on state and interstate highways
Washington Vehicle Code RCW 46.61.400 states that drivers should never drive at a speed greater than is "reasonable and prudent" with regard to potential hazards. This means if there is a heavy rainstorm and the speed posted is 60 MPH, a driver is required to drive slower than the posted sign.
Dangers of Speeding Drivers
- Speeding reduces a driver's reaction time while at the same time increasing the likelihood and severity of an accident.
- Speed reduces a driver's ability to maneuver around curves or obstructions on the highway.
- Speeding increases the stopping distance of a vehicle.
- Speeding makes it harder to judge distances.
Speeding and Other Risky Behaviors
Many drivers who disregard the speed limit also engage in other risky behaviors such as driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, driving without a seat belt, aggressive driving and driving without a valid driver's license.
Injuries in Speeding Car Accidents
The faster a vehicle is traveling in a car accident, the more severe the damages to the vehicle are and the higher likelihood of serious injuries or death.
Your Rights in an Automobile Accident
If you've been seriously injured in an automobile accident and the other driver was cited for speeding, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages. Excessive speed means that the other driver was operating their vehicle in a negligent manner.
Contact a Speeding Motor Vehicle Accident Attorney
At The Farber Law Group, we have been representing car accidents victims and their families for more than 30 years. We provide a free and no pressure consultation. Call us toll free at 1-800-244-9087 or use our Contact Form and we'll call you back.