Cape Girardeau Speeding Accidents
Car Accident Lawyers Serving Cape Girardeau, MO
The speed of a vehicle can determine whether an accident occurs and the extent of injuries involved. A speeding driver will have less time to react, slow down, swerve, or otherwise prevent a collision. A speeding vehicle will produce a greater collision impact, and the greater the impact, the greater the likelihood of injuries suffered by those involved in the wreck. Nearly 40% of fatal crashes nationwide involve excessive speed, and speed was a factor in 388 fatal crashes in Missouri from 2013 to 2015. If you have been injured in a speeding accident, the Cape Girardeau car accident attorneys at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz may be able to assist you with your claim and help to maximize the compensation you receive for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Call us today for a free consultation.
Speeding Is Against the Law in Missouri
Speed limits in Missouri, like other states, are mandatory, and anyone caught driving over the posted speed limit can be issued a speeding citation and subjected to fines and penalties. In spite of this, a majority of drivers speed on a regular basis. If you have been injured in a crash caused by a speeding driver, you will first need to prove that the other driver’s negligence caused the accident and your injuries. The issuance of a speeding ticket or the testimony of eyewitnesses may help you to establish that the defendant was speeding.
Pursuing Compensation Following a Speeding Accident
Once liability for the accident is established, you will need to prove your damages by documenting your injuries and losses. The law places this legal burden of proof on the injured victim, also known as the plaintiff. Under Missouri law, you may recover economic damages such as vehicle repair costs, medical expenses, and lost wages. You may also recover non-economic damages such as loss of enjoyment of life and pain and suffering. The amount of damages may depend on the severity of your injuries, the medical treatment that was required, and the extent of your recovery.
In collisions involving high speeds, severe injuries are more likely to transpire. Crash studies have shown that the force of the impact of crashing at 65 miles per hour is similar to that of driving one’s car off the roof of a 12-story building. High-speed impacts can result in neck or spine injuries, head trauma, broken bones, internal bleeding, cuts, lacerations, or even wrongful death. An experienced car wreck lawyer in the Cape Girardeau area can work to establish liability and document your injuries and losses so that you are free to focus solely on your medical treatment and recovery. Though you generally have up to five years from the date of the accident to settle or file a lawsuit for a Missouri accident, evidence may be lost or damaged over time, which makes it important to secure competent counsel who can begin working on your claim as soon after the accident as possible.
Discuss Your Auto Accident Claim with a Cape Girardeau Attorney
If you have suffered injuries in a speeding accident, contact our office today for a free consultation. We have an experienced team of more than 30 attorneys and 120 support staff members to assist you when you call, and we serve injured parties in Missouri, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Kentucky, including in the cities of Cape Girardeau, Hayti, Caruthersville, Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, Jackson, Dyersburg, Oxford, Tupelo, Ripley, Corinth, Jonesboro, Little Rock, Paducah, Bowling Green, and Murray. Call us toll-free at 800-529-4004 or complete our online form to set up a free consultation. Let us show you why NST is the way to go if you are looking for a car wreck lawyer to fight for your rights.