Speeding Car Accidents
When it comes to operating a motor vehicle, one of the most common driving mistakes that motorists make is driving in excess of the speed limit. In many instances, the violator is late for an appointment, late for work, impatient, or simply not paying attention to how fast they are traveling. This becomes especially dangerous when it involves high speeds or when serious weather conditions make driving at a normal speed dangerous. East Providence is home to nearly 50,000 people and traversed by several major roads on which drivers may be tempted to speed. However, a speeding accident on I-195, U.S. 44, or State Routes 6, 103, or 114 may change a victim’s life forever. East Providence car accident lawyer David Tapalian has represented many victims injured by negligent drivers, and he is ready to put his experience to work on your behalf.Asserting Your Right to Compensation Against a Speeding Driver
When it comes to car accidents, speeding is often a leading or contributing factor in Rhode Island and across the United States. Roughly 10,000 individuals lost their lives during a recent one-year period because of speeding-related accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Rhode Island has established clear speed limits for its roadways that vary depending on the type of road and its location. Divided highways usually have a posted maximum speed of 65 mph, while the state imposes a 50-mph limit on two-lane roadways.
If another driver’s excessive speed causes a speeding accident, the victim can bring a negligence claim against the driver to seek compensation. In general, negligence involves failing to use the same level of prudent care and skill that a reasonable driver would have used in the same situation. Rhode Island courts have interpreted this standard as encompassing applicable traffic laws, including speed limits. If the plaintiff is able to prove that the defendant was violating the speed limit at the time of the crash, they can assert a rebuttable presumption that the defendant was acting negligently at the time. This can usually be done by obtaining a copy of the police report prepared regarding the incident.
Once you have proved that the defendant operated their vehicle negligently, you must next prove that there is a link between this negligent conduct and the speeding accident. If the defendant can prove that you would have suffered similar injuries regardless of whether they were driving carelessly, you may be prevented from recovering compensation from the defendant. Speeding can lead to accidents for a variety of reasons. When a vehicle is speeding on the highway, it can travel the length of a football field in a matter of seconds. It is also more difficult to stop or maneuver the vehicle in the event of a sudden change in traffic or roadway conditions. If the vehicle encounters icy or slick surfaces, for example, the high speed will make it more likely that the driver will lose control.
The final step of a negligence case requires the plaintiff to provide documentation supporting their claim for damages. These typically include missed wages, medical expenses, and any estimated future medical costs or diminished earning capacity.Seek Guidance from a Reliable East Providence Attorney
Regardless of whether the car accident in which you were involved was moderate or severe, you deserve dedicated legal representation to help ensure that you receive the full amount of compensation that you are entitled to obtain. East Providence lawyer David Tapalian has represented many victims and their families in these situations. He provides a free consultation so that you can understand what you might want to do next and what we can do for you. Call us today at 401-552-5000 or contact us online for an appointment with a car accident attorney.