Speeding is often considered a serious traffic offense in Westbury. Police officers hand out speeding tickets to drivers accused of exceeding the posted speed limit, sometimes by only a few miles per hour (MPH). These tickets often lead to fines, increased insurance premiums, and other serious consequences. They do this to discourage drivers from placing themselves and other drivers on the road in needless danger. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), speeding contributed to the death of 9,378 people in 2018.
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New York’s Laws on Speeding
The state of New York details basic rules and maximum limits for speed in New York Vehicle & Traffic Law (NY VAT) § 1180. Generally, the legal codes in New York require drivers to obey the posted speed limit in an area. Drivers are also expected to keep their speed at a level that is “reasonable and prudent.”
The advisement to maintain a reasonable and prudent speed means a driver must operate his or her vehicle below the posted speed limit in some situations. For example, if the weather is very severe, a driver often must drive under the posted speed limit to maintain control of the car. There are a number of different speed limits used throughout the state for different areas. Throughout the state, drivers find speed limits of:
- Up to 65 MPH on rural freeways
- Up to 55 MPH on urban freeways, divided roads, and undivided roads
- Up to 45 MPH in residential areas
School zones and work zones often have a lower posted speed limit that must be obeyed.
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The Effects of Speeding
When a driver chooses to speed, they are not just taking the risk of getting a speeding ticket. They are endangering themselves and everyone else on the road. As it is pointed out by the NHTSA, speeding affects:
- The driver’s ability to maintain control of the vehicle
- The safety features of the car become less effective
- The driver’s reaction time is shortened while stopping distances lengthen
Speeding is a dangerous and irresponsible behavior. It is a simple equation from high school physics class. When you increase acceleration on an object, the force of the impact will also increase. The greater the impact, the greater the damage to property and lives.
If you have sustained injuries due to a speeding driver, you will be able to pursue compensation from the at-fault driver. a Westbury accident caused by exceeding speed limits lawyer with Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. will help you build a claim right now. You just have to call (516) 932-0400 and speak to a member of our team about your case. We will provide you a free consultation on the merits of your claim.
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How We Help Our Clients
When you hire a Westbury accident caused by exceeding speed limits lawyer with Friedman & Simon, L.L.P., we will provide you with the following services:
- Keep you updated on your case
- Identify liable parties
- Communicate with all parties for you
- Gather evidence
- Determine a value for your case
We want you to know you could reach us at any time. We will answer any questions you have on your case, explain any legal jargon you do not understand, and translate complex and confusing laws that affect your claim. We provide investigative services to our clients, collecting medical records and police reports, viewing videos and photos, speaking to eyewitnesses and, when indicated, consulting with expert witnesses, such as medical experts, vocational rehabilitation specialists, life care planners, and economists. We will handle filing your claim to the insurance company, negotiating with them to obtain the best possible settlement, and representing you in court for a court award, if necessary.
Proving Negligence in a Speeding Car Accidents Claim
In a personal injury case, we must establish that the at-fault driver was negligent if we are to collect compensation for your losses. It should be noted that negligence does not necessarily mean intentional or malicious. For our purposes, negligence simply means that a “reasonable driver,” put in the same situation would have behaved differently and more in like what is expected.
There are four stages to establishing negligence. They are given here with examples related to our topic, a Westbury driver exceeding the posted speed limits:
- Duty of care: we expect everyone on the road in Westbury to follow the posted speed limits and drive according to the laws of the state of New York.
- Breach of duty: for whatever reason, the driver exceeded the posted speed limit.
- Causation: due to his increased speed, the at-fault driver was unable to maintain control of his car and hit you.
- Damages: due to the accident, you now have losses, or damages, from the incident in the form of repairs or a replacement of your car, medical bills for the treatment of your injuries, lost wages from your time away from work, possibly even emotional scars if the event was traumatic enough.
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The team at Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. is here to help if you are suffering from injuries in a car accident caused by a speeding driver in Westbury. Reach out to us right now to get experienced, dedicated legal representation to get your claim together. Find out how a Westbury accident caused by exceeding speed limits lawyer helps victims in your position.
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