Many southern Californians love this region’s weather, economy and multitude of tourist attractions. But a downside of the booming population of the Los Angeles region is traffic accidents and fatalities. There were 604 traffic fatalities in Los Angeles County in 2010, and one of the reasons was speeding.
When speeding leads to accidents with serious injuries or death, Neale & Fhima is ready to help you. Our southern California vehicle accident attorneys file negligence lawsuits on behalf of those who were injured or killed by speeders. Our legal team will conduct a complete investigation to determine if the other driver was speeding or was otherwise negligent and how much compensation you could be entitled to for your injuries and/or losses.
Our southern California car accident attorneys know from years of litigation experience that speeding drivers cause many serious and fatal car accidents. It is estimated that one-third of all car accidents across America are at least partially due to excessive speed. The faster the vehicle is traveling, the less time you have to react. The forces in an accident are also much higher at higher speeds. Therefore, personal injuries are nearly always worse in accidents where speeding was a factor.
Across the country, in 2016 speeding-related crashes caused 10,111 deaths. The economic cost to American society for speeding-related crashes is estimated by the NHTSA to be at least $28 billion per year. Speeding is a serious traffic offense that many people commit on a regular basis, knowing full well that it is wrong. It is estimated that 90% of all drivers in the U.S. speed at some point, and 75% admit they do so regularly.
Our car accident attorneys at Neale & Fhima caution drivers to carefully consider the potential criminal and civil consequences if they get into a serious accident while speeding. You can go to jail and be sued for millions of dollars.
From watching police chases on TV in the Los Angeles region, one may get the impression that much of the speeding infractions involve traveling at 100 mph, but most speeding accidents do not involve high speed chases. Going over the speed limit by just 5 miles per hour in the wrong time and place can be dangerous. There is a reason that federal, state and local governments set maximum speed limits on roads. Those speeds have been proven by statistical analysis to be safe. Exceeding those limits by even a small amount can cause a fatal crash.
For example, suppose you are driving down a road at 35 mph, where the speed limit is 30 mph, and a pedestrian walks into a crosswalk. If you hit the brakes when the pedestrian is approximately 45 feet from your vehicle, you will be able to stop without hitting the person at 30 mph; but if you are going just 5 miles per hour faster and are 45 feet away from the pedestrian, you will still be going almost 20 mph when you strike the person. A pedestrian accident at this speed is very serious and could be fatal.
Our car accident attorneys want to stress that speeding really does not save the typical driver much time. It only increases danger to themselves, passengers and pedestrians. Keep in mind that parents are role models for their children, too. If a child sees his parent speeding, it is reasonable to expect the child will mimic this learned behavior once he reaches driving age.
Many car accidents could be avoided if more drivers in southern California would not speed. The best solution is to leave early enough to avoid needing to speed to get there on time. Everyone in the Los Angeles region knows about the heavy traffic on our roads. Traffic congestion in our region is the world’s worst. With more planning, you will not need to speed and can avoid getting into a serious or fatal accident. No matter how bad traffic is, there is no excuse for speeding.
Remember — if you are in an accident that injures another person and you were speeding, you could be held liable in both criminal and civil court. It is never worth it.
Neale & Fhima has decades of experiencing holding negligent, speeding drivers accountable for their reckless actions behind the wheel. If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a tragic accident due to a speeding driver, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Our law offices serve Los Angeles and Orange counties. Please contact us today for a complimentary consultation.