How Speeding Contributes to Auto Accidents in California

Speed limits are in place for a reason, and when drivers exceed the speed limit, they endanger themselves and all those around them. Speeding is among the most common causes of car accidents in California and car accidents are the most common type of auto accident. If you are someone who has recently been injured in one, please continue reading and speak with an experienced Santa Clara County auto accident attorney to learn how speeding contributes to auto accidents in California and how our firm can help you.

How can speeding lead to California auto accidents?

Though at times it can be difficult to discern who was at fault in an auto accident, the liable driver is relatively clear, especially if they are proven to have been traveling above the speed limit. In part because it reduces reaction times and amplifies the force of the collision, speeding often results in significant injuries. That is because, while speeding, negligent drivers will often engage in the following behaviors:

  • Unsafe lane changes: Speeding drivers may not look to ensure they are not driving into the path of another motorist. When people fail to check blind spots or fail to check at all, very serious accidents can occur.
  • Ignoring traffic lights and signs: Because of their diminished capacity to respond to traffic lights and signs, negligent drivers are likely to collide with motorists who are following the laws.
  • Failing to control speed to avoid a collision: Due to their high rate of speed, negligent drivers often fail to negotiate traffic and cannot stop in time to prevent a collision. These often result in rear-end accidents.
  • Failing to account for weather conditions: Though always ill-advised and dangerous, speeding in inclement weather can be especially hazardous, because even if the driver brakes in time, the conditions of the road surface may prevent their vehicle from stopping.

If you sustained injuries, you should reach out to one of our skilled Santa Clara County personal injury attorneys to discuss your next steps.

How can a Santa Clara County, California auto accidents lawyer help you recover damages from a speeding driver?

Our firm will be able to inform you of your rights as well as prepare and present your evidence in court. Furthermore, a qualified legal professional will help you receive compensation for economic, non-economic and punitive damages such as the following:

Economic damages:

  • Medical bills
  • Income
  • Property loss

Non-economic damages:

  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of society, companionship and consortium
  • Loss of enjoyment

Though rarely awarded, punitive damages are based on 3 factors:

  • Reprehensibility of the defendant’s conduct
  • The amount of compensatory damages awarded or actual harm suffered by the plaintiff
  • The defendant’s financial condition

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When someone is wrongly injured in an accident, they often require financial compensation to heal. That’s where we come in. Contact the Law Offices of Brian J. O’Grady today to learn more about what our firm can do for you.