Queens Speeding Lawyer
Queens Speeding Lawyer
Speeding is a behavior that almost every motorist on the road has engaged in at some point, despite how dangerous it is. When a vehicle that’s going above the speed limit is involved in a crash, the damages to all parties involved may be severe. If you’ve been the victim of a crash caused by speeding–or which involved a speeding vehicle–you deserve compensation. At the law office of Sullivan & Galleshaw LLP, our Queens speeding lawyer is available to help. We’ll work with you to determine the cause of your crash, calculate your damages, and work hard to hold the speeding driver liable for your harm. For your free case consultation, call our law office directly today at your convenience.
The Dangers of Speeding
Speeding isn’t just against the law; it’s dangerous, too. When a driver engages in speeding, they are committing negligence per se–the violation of a statute, law, or ordinance. Speeding is dangerous for a number of reasons, including:
Speeding increases the risk of losing control of one’s vehicle;
Speeding reduces the effectiveness of safety protections within the vehicle, such as seatbelts and airbags;
Speeding increases the amount of stopping distance that’s required for a vehicle to come to a full stop; and
Speeding increases the risk of crash severity if an accident does occur (because force is a calculation of mass multiplied by acceleration).
Speed limits are set as they are for a reason–to reduce the risk of accident and to reduce the degree of severity of an accident if one does occur. Despite the fact that speeding is unlawful and dangerous behavior, speeding contributes to approximately one-third of all fatal crashes in the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Injuries in a Speeding-Involved Crash in Queens
As mentioned above, the faster a vehicle is traveling, the higher the risk of severe injuries, as the amount of force that’s involved in the crash is increased for every mile per hour faster than a vehicle travels. If a crash occurs that involves a speeding vehicle, injuries might include:
Traumatic brain injury. A traumatic brain injury, or TBI, occurs in a car accident when the head is hit with force or subjected to rotational forces. It could happen as a result of whiplash, or the head making contact with the steering wheel or another object in the vehicle. Traumatic brain injuries can cause long-term complications and even death in severe cases.
Spinal cord injuries. One of the most severe and traumatic injuries that a person can suffer is a spinal cord injury. A spinal cord injury occurs when a person’s spinal cord is damaged, usually as a result of being forced into an awkward position or hit with a large amount of force. A spinal cord injury can cause partial or complete paralysis from the site of the injury downwards.
Injuries to extremities. Injuries to extremities might include bone fractures, soft tissue injuries, and crush and amputation injuries. These injuries can range in severity from mild to permanently disabling.
In addition to the above, internal injuries, facial injuries, and psychological injuries, amongst others, are all common.
Is a Speeding Driver at Fault in a Queens Car Accident?
If you are involved in a Queens car accident, you may be wondering whether or not you can hold the speeding driver liable–or legally responsible–for your injuries. In New York, no-fault laws hold that before you bring forth a claim against another driver for damages, you must file a claim against your own personal injury protection (PIP) coverage.
Sometimes, of course, injuries are so severe that the amount of coverage provided under a PIP policy is not enough to pay for a victim’s injuries. When this is the case, the injured party can seek compensation by filing a claim against the at-fault driver’s liability insurance policy. Injured parties are only allowed to step outside of the no-fault system and pursue damages against an at-fault party when their injuries exceed the “serious injury” threshold in New York. If you have questions about the serious injury threshold or your right to recover compensation, please call our law firm directly today for a free consultation.
Reach Out to Our Queens Speeding Lawyers Today
Speeding is dangerous and negligent, yet far too many drivers in Queens continue to engage in this deadly behavior. If you have been involved in an accident that involved speeding and you have suffered serious injuries, our Queens speeding accident lawyers at the office of Sullivan & Galleshaw LLP want you to know that you have legal rights, including the right to bring forth a claim for damages against the at-fault party. Please call us directly today for your free consultation at 718-843-0300.
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