Speeding Car Accident Lawyer Washington DC
Nationwide, speeding and speed-related car accidents consistently represent a significant percentage of crashes each year. Washington DC, is no exception to the national statistics on this type of driver negligence.
According to the District Department of Transportation (DDT), speed was a contributing factor in 815 collisions during 2009, the most recent year for which data are available. Statistics point to a direct correlation between speed and crash severity.
In 2009, a speeding violation was involved in 4.8 percent of all collisions in Washington DC Speeding-related crashes were responsible for 21.2 percent of all fatalities and 11.5 percent of all disabling injuries. Overall, a speed-related crash is almost twice as likely as any other type of collision to result in injuries, according to DDT statistics. Young male drivers are statistically the most likely to speed and to be involved in a speeding accident.
While exceeding the posted speed limit and being involved in a collision counts as a speed-related collision, there are other situations that are included in speed-related crashes as well. Anytime a driver operates a motor vehicle at a speed that is inappropriate for the traffic, weather or road conditions, and a crash ensues, it is also a speed-related accident.
According to the National Safety Council, the cost of speeding accidents throughout the country each year is illustrated by the following statistics:
- Over 13,000 lives are lost each year.
- Speed was a factor in 27 percent of fatal crashes in construction and maintenance zones in 2005.
- Compliance with lower speed limits is poor in school zones.
- Speed-related crashes cost society over $40 billion annually, according to NHTSA. Every minute “gained” by speeding to a destination costs U.S. society over $76,000.
Compensation for a Speeding Accident in Washington DC
D.C. has a no-fault insurance system.This means that when you are involved in a car accident in the District, your own car insurance company will pay for things such as repairs to your vehicle (if covered), medical bills and lost wages up to a certain point. No-fault insurance does not, however, compensate a victim for pain and suffering or emotional trauma that occurred as the result of an accident.
No-fault benefits do not depend on who was to blame for the accident. This makes it easier for a victim to secure compensation for injuries that are not serious or life-threatening.
In return for making it easy to secure compensation for damages and minor injuries, a victim cannot file a traditional personal injury lawsuit unless one of the following is true:
- The injury causes substantial permanent scarring or disfigurement.
- The injury causes a substantial and “medically demonstrable” impairment in performing daily activities.
- The injury causes a “medically demonstrable” impairment that prevents the injured person from doing his or her daily activities for at least 180 days.
- The medical costs from the injury exceed the PIP benefits available under the drivers’ no-fault policies.
Because speeding accidents are more likely than other types of accidents to result in serious, even fatal, injuries, there is a good chance that the victim of a speeding accident could qualify to pursue additional compensation beyond that offered through his or her own no-fault coverage.
The best way to find out if your injuries reach one of the thresholds required to pursue a traditional personal injury lawsuit is to consult with an experienced Washington car accident attorney.
The car accident lawyer at the Abelson Personal Injury Law Firm can help you navigate the legal process and ensure that you receive the full and fair compensation you deserve after a car accident caused by speeding.
The law limits the time an accident victim has to pursue compensation.It is important to take prompt action to fully protect your legal rights after an accident. Contact The Abelson Personal Injury Law Firm today online to schedule a free consultation.
- District Department of Transportation – Traffic Safety Report Statistics
- National Safety Council – Speeding