Legal Advocate for Atlanta Car Wreck Victims
Speeding is a common cause of accidents in Georgia each year. A person injured by another speeding driver may be able to seek compensation for his injuries. Atlanta car accident lawyer Terrence R. Bethune, founder of The Law Office of Terrence R. Bethune, has been helping people injured by speeding drivers since 1997. Call us today to find out how you can seek compensation for your car accident injuries.
Speeding Causes Thousands of Accidents Yearly
Speed is a contributing factor in many accidents. Georgia Department of Public Health data reveal that there are nearly 10,000 accidents per year, on average, that involve vehicles either exceeding the speed limit or driving too fast for conditions, making speeding a leading cause of Georgia accidents. Drivers who unnecessarily endanger the lives of other motorists by speeding can be held liable for the injuries they cause.
Accident Victims Can File a Lawsuit Alleging Negligence
A person injured by a speeding driver has a legal right to file a negligence lawsuit as a means to collect compensation for his injuries. To win a negligence lawsuit, a person injured by a speeding driver must prove:
- The speeding driver (or other defendant) owed a duty to the plaintiff;
- The speeding driver breached his duty; and
- The speeding driver’s actions were a proximate cause of the plaintiff’s injuries.
All drivers on Georgia roads owe a duty to their fellow drivers to drive reasonably while behind the wheel. A driver who speeds, either intentionally or because of distraction, has breached this duty and broken the law. If a speeding driver causes an accident that injures another driver or other passengers, the speeding driver will be liable to the injured parties.
A speeding driver may also expose himself to liability from a negligence per se lawsuit. This is another legal theory the injured party may plead in a lawsuit against a speeding driver. Generally speaking, a negligence per se lawsuit assumes the defendant is negligent if he has broken a safety-related law, such as speeding. The plaintiff must then prove that her injuries were caused, at least in part, by the speeding driver’s actions.
Prevailing Plaintiffs Are Legally Entitled to Damages
A plaintiff who prevails in a negligence lawsuit may collect damages from the speeding driver or other negligent defendants. Past and future medical bills, lost wages, and other costs are all injuries for which a plaintiff may collect damages. In addition, the jury can compensate the plaintiff for her emotional distress and pain and suffering.
The jury might also award punitive damages if the defendant’s actions were egregious in nature. Accidents that involve the consumption of drugs or alcohol may expose the defendant to an award of uncapped punitive damages. If you have questions about the types of damages to which you may be entitled, ask a knowledgeable lawyer.
Hire an Experienced Litigator
Victims of accidents caused by a speeding driver may be entitled to compensation for their injuries. Since 1997, Atlanta car accident attorney Terrence R. Bethune has been litigating car accident cases for injured Georgians. If you have been injured in a car accident resulting from someone else’s reckless conduct, call (404) 875-7800 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free case evaluation.