Baltimore Personal Injury Laywers Provide Aggressive Guidance to Victims of Speeding Accidents
Holding careless and reckless drivers responsible
According to surveys conducted by the Federal Highway Administration and the Maryland Department of Transportation, speeding is one of the leading factors of car accidents that result in injuries and fatalities. In a recent year, 547 people lost their lives on Maryland roadways – 184 of those deaths resulted in accidents involving a speeding driver. The statistics relating to injuries are also staggering, as nearly 60 percent of injuries that occurred on Maryland roadways in the same year resulted from accidents in which one or more vehicles was traveling at speeds above the posted limit.
If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident caused by a speeding driver, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. At Mallon & McCool, LLC, we leverage more than 15 years of experience to help Baltimore speeding accident victims pursue compensation for all losses resulting from an accident, including:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Ongoing care
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of potential income
Why is speeding so dangerous?
There are many reasons why speeding is a dangerous habit that should be avoided, including:
- Reduced reaction time: As speed increases, the driver’s reaction time is reduced. This means that it becomes much more difficult to take action to avoid an accident, an object in the roadway or even a pedestrian crossing the road. When a driver’s reaction time is reduced, the potential for an accident increases.
- Increased braking time: Braking time is the amount of time it takes a vehicle to come to a full stop from speed. As speed increases, braking time also increases, as does the distance it takes to stop the vehicle. For example, a vehicle traveling at 55 MPH takes more time and distance to come to a full stop than a vehicle traveling at 35 MPH.
- Reduced vehicle control: While modern vehicles are designed to be safe at nearly every speed, subtle changes to the way the car handles at speed may impact the driver’s control over the vehicle. Even a minor issue becomes a large factor at high speed. Factors such as unevenly worn tires, loose stabilizer bars and suspension issues increase in magnitude at speed.
- Simple physics: As large objects, such as a vehicle, gain speed the force they impart on a struck object increases. For example, a vehicle traveling at 55 MPH impacts a wall with much greater force than a vehicle traveling at 25 MPH.
We know how to determine the role speed played in a crash
Proving that speed played a key role in the events leading to an accident can be challenging, but is a vital step in recovering compensation. To determine the true cause of your accident, we work with leading experts in the field of accident reconstruction and medical injuries to sift through the information and evidence at hand. In many cases, subtle clues such as tire marks or impact points can be used to prove the other party’s negligent actions and speed caused the crash.
Contact our Baltimore injury firm to discuss your legal options
As a personal injury victim or their family member, you have the legal right to pursue compensation for financial losses resulting from the crash. There are many strategies available to pursue compensation, including attempting to negotiate a settlement or taking your case to trial.
At Mallon & McCool, LLC, we leverage years of experience and extensive knowledge of Maryland injury laws to provide the advice you need to understand each legal option, and the processes involved with each strategy.
To schedule a free consultation to discuss your speeding accident injury case, call our Baltimore personal injury law firm at (410) 727-7887, toll free at (800) 918-8872 or contact us online today.