All drivers in Stonecrest should heed the speed limits at all times. If someone exceeds the speed limit, they put everyone on the road at risk. A speeding driver can easily cause a severe or fatal accident.
Our Stonecrest car accident lawyers can help after another driver exceeds the posted speed limit. We understand the pain and loss that comes from a speeding-related crash. These accidents often cause severe injuries and other costs.
At John Foy & Associates, we know how to build and win cases. Contact us today to learn more about your legal rights. Call (404) 400-4000 or fill out our online contact form for a FREE consultation.
Types of Speeding in Georgia
There are two ways a driver might speed in Georgia:
- Exceeding the posted speed limit, or
- Driving too fast for conditions.
A driver could violate both rules together, or they might speed in just one way. Let’s look more closely at each type of speeding.
1. Exceeding Speed Limits
Georgia has maximum posted speed limits for drivers. According to the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (OCGA) §40-6-181, those limits include:
- 30 mph in an urban or residential area
- 35 mph on an unpaved county road
- 65 mph on an urban interstate or multi-lane divided road
- 70 mph on a rural interstate
- 55 mph everywhere else
These speed limits can guide drivers if they’re unsure of the current limit. It’s best to drive with caution and not assume a maximum without checking for a sign first. If someone goes 65 mph on a road with a 55 mph speed limit, that’s a form of speeding.
2. Driving Too Fast for Conditions
A driver can also speed if they go too fast for current conditions. Under OCGA §40-6-180, drivers should go at a speed that is reasonable for the conditions. For example, a driver should adjust to situations like:
- Icy or snowy roads
- Flooded roads
- Road debris
- Heavy traffic conditions
- Strong winds
Changing weather or road conditions are often hazardous. Drivers should stay alert and adjust to unsafe or dangerous situations. That usually means slowing down and driving with extra caution.
Even if someone is driving within the posted speed limits, they might go too fast for current conditions.
Another driver could be at fault if they cause your accident in one of these ways. If you were injured, you might be eligible for full compensation for your damages. A personal injury claim can help you recover what you deserve.
Deadline to File a Car Accident Lawsuit
Georgia has a “statute of limitations” for injury cases. After a car accident, you typically have two years to file a lawsuit for damages. If you miss the two-year window, you’ll probably miss your chance to recover anything.
Don’t wait to get started on your case. Two years might seem like plenty of time, but it goes by quickly. You will need time to build a claim through actions like:
- Gathering evidence from the accident
- Determining all at-fault parties
- Saving proof of your damages
- Calculating your total damages
- Negotiating a settlement with the insurance company
- Preparing for a court case, if necessary
Many details can affect how long an accident claim takes. Plus, some situations leave you with less than two years to file. To make sure you stay on track, contact a Stonecrest car accident lawyer.
A lawyer can help you gather information and build a claim. They can also handle the insurance company for you. If you get a lowball settlement offer, your lawyer will be ready to negotiate for what you deserve.
John Foy & Associates can handle the legal details while you focus on healing. Contact us today to discuss your rights during a FREE consultation. Call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online as soon as possible.
Common Car Accident Damages
A car accident can affect your life in many ways. If you were injured, you will have damages like:
- Doctor and hospital bills
- Prescription medications
- Future medical care
- Lost wages
- Lost future earning capacity
- Vehicle damage costs
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life.
Damages can be economic or non-economic. For example, medical bills and lost wages have set dollar amounts. You can prove these losses through statements and receipts.
Non-economic damages are more challenging to prove. Obviously, there isn’t a dollar value for pain and suffering. But your lawyer can help determine what your emotional “injuries” could be worth in an accident claim.
If you did not cause your accident, you could deserve full recovery for your damages. Talk to a lawyer before assuming your total damages or accepting any money.
Beware of Insurance Company Tactics
Insurance companies are for-profit businesses. Sadly, that means the other driver’s insurer will not have your best interests in mind.
Insurance adjusters are trained to look for ways to pay you less. Even if the adjuster seems friendly, they are not on your side. Common insurance company tactics include:
- Offering you a lowball settlement
- Downplaying your accident damages
- Questioning the severity of your injuries
- Using something you’ve said against you
- Calling you and asking for a recorded statement
It’s best to wait until you have a lawyer before talking to the insurance company. A lawyer can protect your rights and make sure you don’t say something that hurts your case. Your lawyer can also handle all communication with the insurance adjuster.
Talk to a Stonecrest Car Accident Lawyer for Free
Car accidents caused by speeding are often tragic. They can cause severe or fatal injuries. Even minor injuries can affect a victim’s life in many ways.
If you or a loved one were hurt in a car accident caused by exceeding the speed limit, don’t wait to get help. Our car accident lawyers can help fight for the compensation you deserve. With 20-plus years of experience, we know what it takes to win cases.
Contact us today for a FREE, no-risk consultation. There is no fee unless we win you compensation. Call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online to get a case review at no cost today.