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Car and Trucks Accidents Caused by Speeding Motorists

The Law Offices of Adrian Crane, P.C. April 23, 2015

We can help you if you have questions about a car accident or your rights in any sort of injury accident. Have you been in an accident that was caused or made worse by illegal or excessive speed? We can help.

Speeding is one of the main causes of car and truck accidents. Going faster than the posted speed limit is also negligence; all drivers have a duty to obey all traffic laws, and if they don’t and that disobedience causes an accident, they are responsible for all of the damages caused by that accident.

Statistics Related to Speeding Accidents

Speeding greatly increases the risk of being involved in an injury accident for several reasons. Driver reaction time is drastically reduced, vehicles are more difficult to control at high speeds, and the laws of physics tells us that the faster you are going when you hit something, the more severe the resulting damages and injuries are going to be.

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Speed contributes to about 30% of all fatal car, truck and motorcycle accidents. Texas law is that drivers must use care when operating any kind of vehicle on the state’s road. This includes obeying the speed limit. Statistics compiled by the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) reveals that speeding coupled with alcohol are common pairs in injury related car accidents.

Texas Statute on Speeding

One of many Texas statutes dealing with speed is found in the Texas Transportation Cod, § 545.351, entitled “Maximum Speed Requirement.” It states:

“(a) An operator may not drive at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the circumstances then existing.

(b) An operator:

(1) may not drive a vehicle at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions and having regard for actual and potential hazards then existing; and

(2) shall control the speed of the vehicle as necessary to avoid colliding with another person or vehicle that is on or entering the highway in compliance with law and the duty of each person to use due care.

(c) An operator shall, consistent with Subsections (a) and

(b), drive at an appropriate reduced speed if:

(1) the operator is approaching and crossing an intersection or railroad grade crossing;

(2) the operator is approaching and going around a curve;

(3) the operator is approaching a hill crest;

(4) the operator is traveling on a narrow or winding roadway; and

(5) a special hazard exists with regard to traffic, including pedestrians, or weather or highway conditions.

Potential Damages For Which You May Be Compensated

In a car or truck accident where the offender was using excessive speed, the victim may be able to obtain compensation for past and future medical expenses, past and future lost wages, past and future pain and suffering and in some other cases, other damages.

Our Texas Car Accident and Personal Injury Lawyers will investigate your speed-related accident to establish fault and prove liability. Our lawyers have decades of combined experience handling car accident cases — with excellent results.

Start with a Free Consultation

If you have been injured in a speeding-related car, truck or motorcycle accident that was not your fault, contact one of our Dallas Texas Car and Truck Accident Personal Injury Lawyers by calling today or contact us through our no-obligation case evaluation form found on this website. After you hire us, we will go to work right away on your case, fight for fair compensation for you and ensure that your rights are protected. Our lawyers are aggressive, ethical negotiators and litigators with decades of experience.