There is a misconception that as long as people stay within five miles per hour (mph) over the speed limit, they are within the law, but this is not true. Drivers cannot go any mph over the speed limit and must obey speed limits at all times.
Speeding drivers place other drivers at risk for serious harm and possible death. Speed limits are laws that are in place to protect drivers, their passengers, pedestrians, and bicyclists.
If you or a loved one sustained an injury due to a speeding driver, you might be entitled to compensation. A personal injury lawyer can help identify the at-fault driver and pursue justice on your behalf.
When Drivers Speed, They Prioritize Themselves Over Others’ Safety
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are several contributing factors as to why people speed. Some reasons why a driver might choose to speed include:
- The driver is running late: People might feel the need to speed if they have an overbooked schedule or woke up late and are trying to arrive on time for work, school, or an appointment.
- The driver wants to be anonymous: Some drivers may have a sense of power when speeding down roadways, feeling somewhat detached from others around them. Through speeding, they might believe they will never see those who witnessed their reckless driving ever again.
- The driver has a disregard for the law: Some drivers may simply disregard the law and believe law enforcement will not stop them, nor will they crash.
- The driver wants to beat traffic: Congestion, rush hour, or other pressures of driving can lead to aggressive behavior, including purposely tailgating and speeding.
These factors are no excuse for placing other drivers in harm’s way. If you or a loved one suffered serious injuries due to a speeding driver, a personal injury lawyer can help you with your case.
For a free legal consultation, call (312) 598-0739
Take Proactive Steps to Start Building Your Case
You can start building your case by:
- Contacting a law firm in Illinois that handles personal injury cases
- Getting a copy of the police report of your accident, including scene photos and witnesses’ contact information
- Getting traffic camera footage from the scene
- Not speaking with insurance company representatives, and instead, referring them to your lawyer
An insurance company representative may present a settlement offer that may impress you, but it is advised that you do not sign or accept any offer without legal representation. Should you accept a settlement offer, you might lose your right to pursue civil action later, should your condition worsen.
Insurance companies know this fact, yet they might not inform accident victims about it. A personal injury lawyer can recognize this tactic and fight for the compensation their client is entitled to collect.
Possible Types of Compensation You May Receive
The following are the types of compensation you may receive after bringing a personal injury lawsuit:
- Medical costs
- Ongoing medical costs
- Lost wages
- Diminished earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
If a speeding driver causes a collision that results in a fatality, they may be listed as a liable party in a wrongful death claim and lawsuit. A personal injury lawyer can determine if your relationship to the decedent qualifies you for pursuing compensation.
The unexpected costs of a funeral and burial can require thousands of dollars. Beyond the grief that comes with losing a loved one, many families become anxious about their finances, especially if the decedent provided for the family financially.
A speeding driver may face fines and possibly criminal charges for causing a fatal accident. These charges do not interfere with your opportunity to pursue a civil case. Let a personal injury lawyer help you and your family through this most difficult time.
Get Help from The Kryder Law Group, LLC, Now
The Kryder Law Group, LLC, wants to help car accident victims seek justice for their injuries. No one should suffer great physical and financial stress due to another driver’s inability to obey traffic laws.
The Illinois State Police fines drivers who go over the speed limit. A driver who speeds less than 20 mph over the speed limit may get fined $120 while drivers who speed 20 mph or more over the speed limit may get fined $140 or more. To reiterate, drivers cannot go any mph over the speed limit at any limit, or they may be subject to fines and other criminal charges.
If a speeding driver crashed into you, causing you serious injuries, hold them accountable by pursuing a civil claim and lawsuit. Let The Kryder Law Group, LLC, handle negations with insurance companies on your behalf. We can keep you informed of any developments, and we never accept a settlement without discussing it with you. If we cannot reach a settlement, we are ready to take your case to trial if needed.
The Kryder Law Group, LLC, offers a free case evaluation to prospective clients. Call us now at (312) 223-1700.