New Haven Speeding Accident Lawyers
Driving is inherently full of risks. When we drive, we abide by a social contract with our fellow drivers and by numerous federal, state, and local laws in order to create and maintain safe roads. Unfortunately, accidents still happen on New Haven streets and highways when drivers fail to adhere to these regulations.
Speeding is one of the most common causes of car accidents worldwide. Speed limits are set on every New Haven roadway with the purpose of keeping people safe by acknowledging the nuances in the design of each road. Though we are taught to pay attention and adhere to speed limit signs, many drivers refuse to abide by the law and go above the posted speed limits, increasing their likelihood of causing an accident.
The threat of fines and traffic violation tickets may prevent some people from ignoring speed limits on New Haven roadways, but many still believe that they are “good” enough drivers to go slightly over the speed limit. Regardless of how “good” of a driver one believes they are, any increase in speed positively increases the chances of a crash according to World Health Organization calculations. The WHO stated in 2018 that “every 1% increase in mean speed produces a 4% increase in the fatal crash risk and a 3% increase in the serious crash risk.”
Mathematical studies show that people who speed arrive at their destination only minimally faster. This means those who speed put their own lives and the lives of others at risk just to save a few minutes of travel time. Regardless of how late they’re running, those few minutes are not worth the risk.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident caused by a speeding driver in New Haven or a surrounding area, don’t hesitate to seek legal representation. You deserve compensation and justice for your injuries, and the attorneys at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers can help you. Call us at (203) 397-1283 for a free, no-obligation consultation.
Why is speeding so dangerous?
In 2017, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimated that almost 10,000 people in the U.S. were killed in car accidents in which at least one driver was speeding. Speeding caused over 25 percent of fatal traffic accidents in the U.S. in 2017, making it one of the leading causes of car accident fatalities.
Even when other drivers abide by traffic laws, aggressive drivers speeding down our roadways increase the chances of a crash due to the following effects of speeding:
- Failure to maintain control of the vehicle
- Greater stopping distance
- Greater likelihood of protective equipment failure or partial failure
The more frequently a driver breaks the law by going over the speed limit, the more likely they are to sustain and cause more serious injuries to others, with the risk increasing each mile per hour over the limit.
There are also economic losses related to speeding, such as an increase in a vehicle’s fuel expenditures and an increased risk of receiving a traffic violation fine. The risks associated with speeding increase, even more, when perfect driving conditions are not met, which is most of the time. Drivers must safely operate their vehicles in the midst of construction areas, bad weather, nighttime, or otherwise low-visibility driving conditions, and speeding in any of these conditions is incredibly dangerous.
If you or someone you love has been injured by a speeding driver, the first thing you should do after seeking medical attention is to hire a personal injury attorney skilled at handling speeding cases. No one deserves to deal with the loss of time, bodily ability, and finances associated with these painful accidents, and the attorneys at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers will aggressively fight for your right to compensation. Call us today at (203) 397-1283.
Why do I need an attorney?
Speeding is an act of negligence that warrants full compensation for any damages a reckless driver causes. Without a thorough knowledge of traffic laws, the events leading up to the accident, insurance coverage, and experience with a variety of collision cases caused by speeding, you will not be able to adequately advocate for yourself.
If you have recently been injured in a car wreck, you should not have to. Let the attorneys of Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers do the heavy lifting and investigative work so you can begin to heal as we obtain the settlement you deserve.
Many speeding drivers who cause accidents have prior records that you will not be able to secure without pursuing legal action with the help of an attorney. A team of lawyers can help you understand your best course of action and sift through the laws and documents that pertain to your case.
If you’ve been hurt by a reckless driver, you do not want to face a courtroom alone. Reckless drivers can become defensive and aggressive in the days and weeks following an accident. An attorney will be able to ensure that you are protected against the person who caused your accident while working to achieve maximum compensation for you.
Why should I choose Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers?
Our team of seven highly qualified attorneys has decades upon decades of experience between them in personal injury cases. Speeding is a serious issue in Connecticut, and our staff deals every day with car accident cases in which speeding played a central role in the collision.
Our job after your accident is to get you in control of your life once again. We know that car collisions are incredibly frightening and that they can leave you feeling powerless and in pain. Compassion for our clients is the core value of our legal services philosophy. That’s why we operate on a contingency-fee-basis, which means you pay us nothing until we secure your settlement.
We want to make this already stressful and exhausting situation as easy as possible for you. If you’ve been injured in a speedy accident, call us today so we can evaluate your claim and walk you through the legal process so you can focus on recovery. Our attorneys form a team of honest and personable lawyers eager to help you win your case against the negligent drivers that have caused you pain.
Cases We Handle
Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers has offices conveniently located throughout the state of Connecticut, including New Haven, Bridgeport, Hartford, Waterbury, and New London.
We have experience in securing maximum settlements for a variety of accident cases. If you were involved in any of these types of car accidents caused by a speeding driver, call us today for a free consultation:
- Head-on collisions
- Multi-car pile-ups
- Rear-end collisions
- Sideswipe accidents
- Side-impact crashes
- Single-vehicle crashes
- Truck underride collisions
- Vehicle rollovers
Our services are free of charge until we win you compensation for your injuries. Our attorneys can be reached at (203) 884-8934.
What should I do if someone is speeding?
We witness drivers speeding, ignoring traffic laws, and endangering others all too often. In a perfect world, the risk of traffic fines and tickets would always deter people from driving recklessly, but that is simply not the case. If someone is speeding near you, the danger is immediate.
When someone speeds, they’re acting in blatant disregard for the drivers surrounding them and any pedestrians that may be crossing the road. Whether they’re attempting to arrive at their destination quicker or let out road rage, the chances of negative outcomes are the same. Regardless of their reason for speeding, if someone near you is endangering you and your loved one’s lives, there are several things you can do:
- Make sure to give the driver ample space. Stay away from the driver, and if possible, change lanes to get farther from them. Lanes are more difficult to maintain while speeding, as is control of a vehicle.
- If you are being tailgated by a speeding driver, do not engage with them. Speeding is considered reckless driving and is often driven by aggressive tendencies. Attempting to tell the driver to slow down is not recommended. Instead, change lanes or pull off the road to allow the speeding driver to pass. If you have a passenger, ask them to take down the license plate once they pass.
- Notify law enforcement if the driver demonstrates aggression towards you or other cars on the road. Again, refrain from interacting with the driver, and pay attention to the road as best as you can. If a driver harasses you on the road while speeding or engaging in any other dangerous behaviors, call the police.
At Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers, we offer comprehensive personal injury services and we want to help you. Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers have a fully staffed team of personal injury lawyers, each with decades of experience. We are ready and willing to take on your case and fight for you after your rights have been violated by an aggressive driver who failed to respect your safety by speeding down Connecticut roadways.
All of our services are offered on a contingency fee basis, so you pay nothing until we win you the maximum settlement for your claim. Call us today for a free consultation with our firm at (203) 397-1283.