Speeding Accidents in Tampa, FL
Were you involved in an accident with a speeding driver?
Speeding-related accidents are some of the most catastrophic on Florida's roadways. The risk of injury is far greater, and a victim can suffer debilitating or even fatal injuries. At Givens Givens Sparks, our Tampa car accident attorneys understand how an auto accident can turn a victim's life upside-down. We help our clients seek financial compensation and hold at-fault drivers accountable.
Speeding can be described as driving faster than the posted speed limit or driving too fast for current weather or traffic conditions. Both types of speeding are inherently dangerous, affecting vehicle maneuverability and the length of time it will take for a vehicle to slow down. Drivers who speed are at an increased risk of causing a car accident.
Speeding Is a Factor in One-Third of Fatal Auto Accidents
Did you know that speeding is one of the leading causes of auto accidents in the United States? According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), speeding is considered a contributing factor in nearly one-third of all U.S. traffic fatalities.
In 2012, for example, NHTSA statistics show that 30% of traffic fatalities occurred in speeding-related accidents. In 2011, 31% of traffic fatalities occurred in speeding-related crashes. NHTSA considers an accident to be "speeding-related" if the driver was concurrently charged with a speeding offense or if an officer indicated that one of the following contributed to the accident:
- Driving too fast for conditions
- Exceeding the speed limit
NHTSA statistics show that young males are most likely to be speeding crashes. In 2012, 37% of male drivers aged 15-20 and 21-24 involved in fatal accidents were speeding, as compared to 23% of male drivers aged 35-44 and 17% of male drivers aged 45-54. Female drivers were less likely to speed, with 24% of female drivers aged 15-20 and 19% of female drivers aged 21-24 involved in fatal speeding-related collisions.
Alcohol involvement is also prevalent in drivers who speed. NHTSA statistics from 2012 show that 42% of drivers who were speeding and were involved in fatal accidents had blood alcohol concentrations (BACs) of .08% or greater. In comparison, only 16% of drivers with BACs of .08% who were involved in fatal accidents were not speeding. Looking at these figures, one can see that drivers with illegal BACs were more likely to speed and be involved in fatal accidents than those with lower BACs.
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You may be facing an uncertain future in the wake of a car accident, but there are ways a skilled professional can help. With a Tampa car accident lawyer from our firm to help with your claim, you can feel confident that the cause of your accident is being carefully investigated to determine fault and that all appropriate steps will be taken to pursue a fair recovery. Call our offices to see how we can help you!
The process of filing a claim or lawsuit can be complex, and insurance companies often deny certain types of valid claims or offer a low settlement in the hopes that you will accept it. Fortunately, our firm never relents until you receive a fair settlement or verdict. How do you know what amount is fair?
That is where our team of lawyers can help. There are many types of damages that are possible in any injury case, and evaluating your case before moving forward is a key factor in the amount of the settlement you will receive. We are well versed in all aspects of personal injury law and know how to present your case in a way that brings about the optimum results.