While any auto accident can be painful, adding speed almost always increases the injuries. Speeding accident cause:
- High medical costs
- Lost wages
- Permanent disability
If you were involved in a speeding accident, you should not have to pay these costs out of your own pocket. The law gives you the right to recover from the speeding driver.
Litster Frost Injury Lawyers can help you get the compensation you deserve. As one of the largest personal injury firms in Idaho, we regularly represent people who were injured in speeding accidents and other auto accidents. To find out what you may be able to recover, contact our office to schedule a free consultation.
Why Speeding Matters
Few people in Boise drive the speed limit all of the time, but that doesn’t excuse speeding. Drivers have an obligation to drive safely at all times, and that includes following the speed limit. Despite what some people may think, speeding laws aren’t there to raise ticket money. Nine percent of Idaho’s crashes had speeding as the primary cause and that number increases to ten percent of fatal traffic. Speeding is also a secondary factor in many other crashes.
The bottom line is that if a driver was speeding when an accident occurred, they usually share at least part of the blame for a crash.
Speeding often comes into play when one driver turns in front of another and is hit. Usually, this type of crash would be the fault of the driver who made the turn without making sure they had time to do it safely. However, the speeding driver would take all or some of the fault especially if they were coming around a curve or there were other circumstances where the turning driver couldn’t see how fast they were approaching.
How To Prove A Speeding Accident
Proving a speeding accident can be difficult. Millions of people get away with speeding every day, and when the police arrive at an accident scene, it’s too late to turn on their radar gun.
The location and extent of the damage on the vehicles can be used to determine how fast a car was going. Brake marks on the road can be used as well. In addition, witnesses may be able to testify that a car was going much faster than the others.
Sometimes, the police will be able to determine that a driver was speeding on the scene, but they may not always do a thorough investigation if they don’t believe the injuries are severe. If the police didn’t try to calculate the speed of the vehicles or you disagree with their findings, the next step is to present the evidence to the insurance claims adjuster. If the insurance company fails to make a fair settlement offer based on this evidence, you may need to go to court and have an expert witness explain how the evidence shows the other driver was speeding.
Get Help From A Speeding Accident Lawyer
Our speeding accident lawyers can help you build your case and locate an expert witness who can support your claim. We will try to get the insurance company to honor their policy, but if they refuse to make a fair offer, we will be ready to take them to a trial. To learn more or to find out what your case may be worth, schedule a free consultation now.
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Comparative Negligence Rule
COMPARATIVE NEGLIGENCE RULE
Idaho follows the comparative negligence rule, which means that a court will look at both parties’ actions and level of fault in the case of a motorcycle accident.
Even if you were both driving irresponsibly, if the other driver was driving more carelessly, then you may still have a case. It’s important to recognize, however, that any fault on your part will limit the amount of damages which you can receive.
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