Driver Negligence: Speeding
Do you have questions about the circumstances of an accident that was not your fault? An accident that was made worse by excessive speed? We can help.
Speeding is negligence because drivers have a duty to obey traffic laws. Speeding is one of the main causes of vehicle-related accidents.
If you have been injured in a speeding-related car accident that was not your fault, contact a Minnesota Car Accident Lawyer at 612-362-0000. We will go to work on your case, fighting for just compensation and ensuring that your rights are protected. Our lawyers are aggressive, ethical litigators with years of experience.
Speeding Accident Statistics
Speeding greatly increases the chance of being involved in an accident because driver reaction time is drastically reduced, vehicles may perform differently at high speeds, and the law of physics tells us that the harder you hit something the more severe the resulting damage and injury.
In 2009, speed contributed to 28% of Minnesota’s fatal accidents. It is written into Minnesota state law that drivers are to use duty of care when operating a vehicle — which includes obeying the speed limit. Statistics compiled by the NHTSA show that speeding among drivers involved in alcohol-related crashes is also common.
The Minnesota State Statute dealing with duty of care and speed limits is 169.14. It is as follows:
Subdivision 1. Duty to Drive with Due Care
No person shall drive a vehicle on a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions. Every driver is responsible for becoming and remaining aware of the actual and potential hazards then existing on the highway and must use due care in operating a vehicle. In every event speed shall be so restricted as may be necessary to avoid colliding with any person, vehicle or other conveyance on or entering the highway in compliance with legal requirements and the duty of all persons to use due care.
In a car accident where the offender was using excessive speed, the victim may be able to obtain compensation for:
- medical expenses
- lost wages
- pain and suffering
- other applicable damages
Minnesota Car Accident Lawyer
Our Minnesota Car Accident Lawyers will investigate your speed-related accident to establish fault and ultimately prove liability. Our lawyers have decades of combined experience handling car accident cases — with excellent results, including a recent car accident settlement for $400,000. Call 612-362-0000 or submit our free consultation form.