Speed limits are designed to promote safe travel on our roadways. However, drivers often rush from Point A to Point B without thinking of the consequences. When speeding causes accidents, drivers are liable for the damages they cause. Massengill, Caldwell & Coughlin, PC has served clients in the Tri-Cities since 1909. Our personal injury lawyers have the experience and knowledge to obtain full and fair compensation for your injuries, including medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering.
The term “speeding” generally refers to exceeding posted speed limits or driving too fast for existing conditions. Despite national and statewide safety efforts, speeding is still a leading cause of serious auto accidents. It is a contributing factor in as many as one-third of all U.S. traffic fatalities.
In 2010, there were nearly 10,000 speeding-related crashes in Tennessee. Washington County led the local area with 189 speed-related accidents. Sullivan County had 164 speeding crashes, while Hawkins County and Carter County had 69 and 66, respectively.
High-speed wrecks in the Tri-Cities often occur at large intersections and on highways. However, drivers don’t have to be traveling at speeds above 65 mph to be involved in a high-speed collision. The likelihood of injury or death is greatly increased when vehicles are moving at speeds higher than 30 mph.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines aggressive driving as “when individuals commit a combination of moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or property.” Speeding is often associated with aggressive driving. Other aggressive driving behaviors include tailgating, erratically changing lanes, failing to use turn signals and running stop signs and red lights.
Alcohol impairment and speeding go hand in hand. In 2011, 42 percent of the drivers who were speeding in fatal crashes had blood-alcohol content (BAC) levels of .08 or higher, which is above the legal limit.
The likelihood of injury or death in a car crash increases with speed. The force of the impact between the vehicles is more severe, as is the momentum with which occupants collide with the windshield, dashboard, steering wheel or airbag. Some of the common injuries we routinely see in high-speed crashes include:
If you were hit by a speeding driver, we are prepared to help. Our experienced injury lawyers help you navigate the legal process and aggressively protect your rights every step of the way.
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The injury lawyers at Massengill, Caldwell & Coughlin, PC have extensive experience in seeking substantial monetary awards for victims of high-speed collisions. We take pride in our client-focused care and our zealous representation. To discuss your case, call our offices today at 423-201-4208 or contact us online. We offer a free case evaluation and can arrange home and hospital visits.