All drivers have a duty to follow the speed limit laws in Sandy Springs. When someone speeds, it puts everyone on the roads at risk of harm. More specifically, speeding can lead to severe or deadly accidents. The force of a speeding vehicle causes a lot of damage during a collision.
If you have injuries from a speeding-related accident, you will probably experience pain, stress, and worry. However, you don’t have to handle the aftermath alone. A speeding accident lawyer in Sandy Springs can help you recover.
You might deserve full compensation for your accident damages. At John Foy & Associates, we can look at your case and help you know your options. To get answers to your questions during a free consultation, call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online.
Don’t Miss the Deadline to File a Claim or Lawsuit
First, it’s important to understand that you have limited time to take action. The statute of limitations to bring a personal injury case against someone is two years under the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (OCGA) §9-3-33. In some cases, you have even less time.
If you try to file a case outside of the two-year window, you won’t be able to recover anything. Plus, it takes time to build an injury case and handle the insurance companies. To make sure you don’t miss your chance, start taking action today.
The clock usually starts ticking on the date of your accident. To get started and keep all of your ducks in a row, call a lawyer. Working with a speeding accident lawyer will keep you on track through each step.
Types of Speeding in Sandy Springs
There are two main ways a driver can break speeding laws in Sandy Springs:
- Exceeding posted speed limits
- Driving faster than is safe for current conditions
A driver might violate one or both laws at the same time. If their speeding leads to your accident, you’ll need to prove their type of speeding.
1. Exceeding the Speed Limit
Georgia has general speed limits depending on the area. Here are the maximum traveling speeds according to the Georgia Driver’s Manual:
- 30 miles per hour in urban or residential districts
- 35 miles per hour on unpaved county roads
- 65 miles per hour on urban interstate highways or multi-lane divided highways
- 70 miles per hour on rural interstate highways
- 55 miles per hour in all other locations
Some areas could have speed limit exceptions, so watch for signs indicating different limits. For example, school and construction zones require drivers to go much slower than the regular speed limit.
If a driver goes above the posted speed limit, they can put others at risk. If exceeding the limit causes an accident, the driver is probably liable.
2. Driving Too Fast for Conditions
Someone can also break the law by driving too fast for the current road or weather conditions. For example, icy roads, rain, or fog might require a driver to go slower even if the speed limit is 70 miles per hour.
Many accidents happen when a motorist tries to go faster than is currently safe. A truck driver might drive at the same speed on a snowy road. Or, someone might drive recklessly when traffic is heavy. Either situation could lead to a terrible accident.
If your accident involved speeding, contact a lawyer right away. You will probably need help gathering evidence of the driver’s negligence. To learn more during a free, no-obligation consultation, call John Foy & Associates at (404) 400-4000.
Why Drivers Choose to Speed
Someone might exceed the speed limit for a variety of reasons. The most common reasons include:
- Being in a hurry
- Driving recklessly or aggressively
- Road rage
- Being too distracted to notice speed limit signs
- Feeling like the law doesn’t apply to them
- Ignoring the current road or weather hazards
- Driving under the influence
Driving is not a right; it’s a privilege. Part of being a safe driver includes going at a safe speed. If a driver’s speeding leads to an accident, they are responsible for the damage they’ve caused.
Too many accidents in the United States happen because of speeding. Sometimes, a driver is breaking other laws at the same time. If another driver in your accident was speeding, you have rights. Talk to a lawyer today about pursuing compensation.
Speeding-Related Serious Accidents
Going above the speed limit can lead to accidents like:
- Rear-end collisions
- Unsafe lane change accidents
- Rollover accidents
- Head-on collisions
- Side-swipe crashes
A speeding driver has very little time to react to hazards. If the road becomes unsafe, they won’t be able to avoid harm. Unfortunately, some speeding drivers think they’ve above the law or more in control than they are.
Common Damages from a Speeding Accident
Someone injured in a car or truck accident has compensation rights. If someone else was responsible, that person should cover the costs. Most of the time that means filing an injury claim with the driver’s insurance company.
Before filing a claim, make sure you know your total damages. Common personal injury damages are:
- Medical bills
- Medication expenses
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
You can prove many damages through bills and other documents. However, it’s challenging to prove pain and suffering. You’ll need help from a lawyer who can use a formula to calculate a dollar amount for everything.
Defending Your Speeding Accident Claim
Speeding accidents are stressful and complicated. After you file your claim, the other driver or their insurance company rarely makes it easy.
The driver might deny that they were speeding. Or, the insurance company might use tactics like:
- Blaming you for the accident
- Questioning your injuries
- Using something you’ve said against you
- Trying to get you to accept a lowball settlement
You will probably need to fight for the financial recovery you deserve. Thankfully, an experienced lawyer knows how to handle the situation. They’ll communicate and negotiate with the insurance company for you. You can focus on healing while your lawyer handles the legal side.
Talk to a Sandy Springs Speeding Accident Lawyer About Your Rights
After a speeding accident, call on the trusted lawyers at John Foy & Associates for help. Our founder is known as the “Strong Arm” because we don’t back down when it comes to your compensation rights.
You can get started today with no upfront costs. Plus, you don’t owe us a thing unless we win you money.
To get a free consultation today, call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online.