Most Atlanta drivers would admit they’ve exceeded the speed limit before. Some motorists routinely drive a few miles over. Many people don’t think about how dangerous a speeding accident can be—until it happens to them.
If a speeding driver caused your accident, you have rights. Our Atlanta speeding accident lawyers will help you seek compensation for your crash damages. We start with a free consultation, and there is no charge unless we win your case.
To schedule a FREE consultation with John Foy & Associates, call (404) 400-4000, or contact us online.
Why Speeding Is a Serious Issue in Atlanta
According to the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS), 266 motor vehicle accident deaths in 2016 were related to speeding. As a nation, the numbers are even higher. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) tells us that speeding caused over 9,000 deaths in 2018.
The state has used various programs to try and reduce the number of speeding-related deaths. However, speeding continues to be a problem in Atlanta. It causes severe injuries, deaths, and more.
Let’s look at some of the main reasons speeding is so hazardous.
Speeding Increases the Risk of an Accident
When a vehicle is traveling very fast, it’s much harder for the driver to maintain control. It’s easy to make small mistakes or not have enough time to avoid hazards. A driver cannot stop, turn, or take evasive action without putting themselves (and others) in danger.
The government sets speed limits with safety in mind. When someone speeds, they are disregarding laws meant to keep everyone from harm.
Drivers must also carefully adjust to road conditions. If road or weather conditions require slower speeds, motorists slow down for safety. Exceeding the posted speed or not adjusting to current conditions is driver negligence.
Speeding Increases the Severity of an Accident
When a car is driving fast and causes a collision, the force of impact is higher. A higher force increases the risk of severe injuries or deaths.
No one is entirely immune to accidents. However, speeding is negligent behavior that makes potential damages much worse. Even when a driver is wearing a seatbelt, they might suffer injuries like:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Internal organ damage
Speeding increases the risk of severe injuries in every way. When a driver is speeding, they could be liable for any damages they cause.
Speeding accident cases are often complicated. Thankfully, you don’t have to go it alone. At John Foy & Associates, we know what it takes to win cases.
Discuss your options with us during a FREE consultation. Call us at (404) 400-4000, or contact us online. We do not collect a fee unless we win you compensation.
Determining Liability in an Atlanta Speeding Accident
After a car accident in Atlanta, one or more parties are typically negligent. Negligence is a type of carelessness towards others’ safety. All drivers have a legal duty to be careful. Lack of that care is negligence.
A driver is responsible for your accident costs if:
- The driver owed you a duty of care,
- The driver breached their duty of care,
- The breached duty led to your accident, and
- You suffered injuries and damages from the accident.
Most motorists speed with the knowledge that it’s illegal or dangerous. If the driver’s actions cause your accident, they are liable. You can pursue financial recovery through a personal injury claim.
After an injury accident, you can file a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company. But be warned that the insurance company is not on your side. The insurer will look for ways to reduce their costs.
It’s best to contact an Atlanta speeding accident lawyer as soon as possible. Your lawyer will know where to start and how to handle the insurance company.
Time Limit to File a Speeding Accident Claim
In Georgia, the statute of limitations is two years. To pursue compensation, you must file a case within two years of your accident. If you miss the limitations window, you won’t be able to recover your damages.
Building a speeding accident claim takes time. Plus, various factors might impact your options. At the very least, contact an experienced lawyer as soon as possible.
A lawyer will provide insight into your available options. They’ll also guide you on the best course of action for your claim.
How Our Atlanta Speeding Accident Lawyers Help You
At John Foy & Associates, we bring over 20 years of experience to the table. Our lawyers are not afraid to fight for fair compensation. Unlike flashy settlement mills, we’ll fight as hard as it takes for your rights.
Our experienced lawyers will help you by:
- Gathering evidence from your speeding accident,
- Compiling proof of your damages,
- Building a strong injury claim,
- Handling the insurance companies, and
- Negotiating for what you deserve.
Most lawyer-assisted auto accident claims end with a settlement. However, some cases are more complicated. If you need to take your case to court, we’ll be there every step of the way.
If you lost a loved one in a speeding accident, our attorneys are here for you. We’ll help you build a wrongful death claim on behalf of your loved one.
In every situation, we know how to handle insurance companies. Our founder is the “Strong Arm” for a reason; we don’t back down and we fight tirelessly for our clients.
Talk to an Atlanta Speeding Accident Lawyer for Free Today
Did a speeding driver injure you or a loved one in Atlanta? Don’t get stuck paying for the costs. At John Foy & Associates, we’ll help fight for the compensation you deserve.
With 20-plus years of experience, we know what it takes to win. Plus, we do not charge a fee unless we win you compensation. We’ll also start with a FREE consultation to discuss your case and your options.
To get your FREE consultation today, call (404) 400-4000, or contact us online. We’re available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to assist you.