speeding in nyc

Drivers often feel like speeding will get them to their destination faster. It can also reduce the amount of control they have over their vehicle–increasing the odds of a car accident. If you were hurt and speed was a factor, you may have the right to financial compensation.

At Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C., we work hard so that accident victims can recoup their losses and get back to their normal lives. With over 40 years of experience and a proven track record of success, you can count on us to get the fair compensation you need.

We offer a free consultation for every client. Call our team today to schedule your initial evaluation with an experienced NYC car accident attorney.

Why it’s Important to Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer if You Were Hurt in a Speeding Accident

two people arguing after a speeding accident

You were hurt in an accident and now you’re struggling with serious injuries–all because of someone else’s mistake. If you’re like others, you might wonder where to turn for help.

An experienced New York City personal injury lawyer can help–and will work on a contingency basis so you don’t have to worry about paying lawyers’ fees while you recover.

You might suspect that speed played a role in causing your car accident. However, the at-fault driver probably won’t admit that they were speeding. Proving fault after a motor vehicle accident can be a complicated process. All while you’re suffering through a painful recovery.

Even if the police report identifies speed as a contributing factor, insurance companies don’t just come forward and give you the money you need.

At Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C., our car accident lawyers have already recovered millions in verdicts and settlements for accident victims across NYC. We will work hard to do the same in your car accident case. We will:

  • Obtain the evidence needed to prove that the other driver’s speed caused your accident
  • Work with accident reconstruction specialists who can provide expert testimony
  • Negotiate with the insurance companies and defense lawyers
  • Make sure you understand what’s going on with your injury claim at every turn
  • Help you evaluate whether to accept a settlement or proceed to trial
  • Advocate for your rights in front of a judge and jury in a personal injury lawsuit if needed

Insurance companies will do whatever they can to pay you less, even if you were seriously hurt. Our goal is to build a strong case that’s supported by the type of solid evidence that will convince a judge and jury to rule in your favor. 

Starting with a case that will hold up can be key to getting the insurance companies to agree to a fair settlement. If the offer on the table doesn’t cover your costs, we never hesitate to argue your case in court to get what’s right.

The city’s no-fault insurance rule is not your only option if you were seriously hurt–and getting help quickly is important to getting the best possible outcome. Call Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C. to set up a free case review today.

Exactly How Dangerous is Speeding?

In 2018 alone, speed killed 9,378 people according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data. When studied over a 20-year period, data shows that speeding played a role in about one-third of all traffic fatalities.

In New York City, speeding caused 293 accidents in the single month of June 2020. Along with distracted driving and driving under the influence, speed is one of the leading causes of crashes in the city.

Statistics show that drivers aged 15-to-20 are more likely to be involved in a speeding accident than any other age group. Further, 31% of motorcycles involved in fatal crashes were speeding–more than drivers in any other type of vehicle.

Why Does Speed Make Car Accidents in New York so Dangerous?

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New York authorities carefully choose the speed limits posted on the city roads. Where there is a greater chance that pedestrians and bicyclists will share the roads, speeds are lower. Roads that are straight and have few traffic stops have higher speed limits.

When drivers disregard those speed limits, the roads become more dangerous for everyone. Speeding makes it more dangerous when cars crash because excessive speeds:

  • Make it more difficult for the driver to control the vehicle
  • Increase the time required to stop the vehicle
  • Decrease the effectiveness of the vehicle’s safety protection features
  • Decrease the effectiveness of the tire’s grip, especially in poor weather conditions
  • Increase the severity of auto accidents, meaning that they result in more substantial injuries

Speeding is not only a traffic violation, it is a form of driver negligence. When drivers put others on the road at risk, accident victims have the right to hold them accountable–for what is likely to be much more than a fender bender.

Common Types of Injuries Speeding Accident Victims Suffer

injured man in a hospital room

When high speeds are involved, car accident injuries tend to be much more serious–and some are catastrophic.

Speeding can be every bit as dangerous as drunk driving. Common injuries sustained by speeding accident victims include:

Recovering compensation for these types of serious injuries requires showing that someone else was negligent. Our experienced New York City car accident lawyers know what it takes to get the fair compensation you deserve. If you were hurt in a speeding accident, don’t hesitate to call for a free case review.

Recovering Fair Compensation for Speeding Accident Victims

Speeding accident victims have the right to fair compensation for their injuries. That compensation might include money for:

  • Medical bills
  • Future medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of your earning capacity
  • Rehabilitation
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Emotional distress
  • Damages for wrongful death, including loss of consortium and financial support
  • Property damage

To get compensation, you have to identify the responsible party. That might be another driver involved in the crash or even the city itself.

How Can I Prove Someone Else Caused a Speeding Accident?

Drivers rarely admit to speeding. Unless a police officer happened to have a radar gun pointed their way at the time of the accident, proving that speed was a factor can get complicated. 

This is where the skill and expertise of your personal injury attorneys becomes important. The police report plays an important factor, but it isn’t conclusive. At Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C., our skilled NYC car accident lawyers will:

  • Visit the scene of the accident to examine skid marks, road conditions and other factors
  • Interview witnesses to the accident
  • Work with specialists who are able to reconstruct what happened based on the vehicle damage and other evidence at the scene
  • Review the police report
  • Identify any video surveillance footage that might provide clues
  • Examine the damage to the vehicles themselves

Sometimes multiple factors contribute to the cause of an accident. Our personal injury lawyers will work to identify all responsible parties. The more sources of compensation available, the greater the odds of recovering the full and fair cost of your injuries.

Can New York City be Held Responsible?

New York City busy street scene with cars and people

You might notice some strange features on certain New York City streets. Pedestrian safety islands and bus boarding islands have been installed to protect city pedestrians. Bicycle lanes have been protected by floating parking spaces. Rubber speed bumps and bollards have been installed to reduce turn speeds.

These city traffic features all stem from a 2004 Court of Appeals decision holding that the city itself can be financially responsible for accidents caused by excessive speeds. This is true if the city knew about the risk of excessive speeding and did nothing to prevent it.

Some intersections and road stretches have a history of dangerous accidents. NYC now has a responsibility to install “traffic calming” measures designed to reduce the risk of accidents.

Time is Limited

Under New York state law, you only have three years to file a personal injury lawsuit. Once the statute of limitations expires, you lose your right to sue. It’s important to act quickly if speed played a role in the accident. Evidence can disappear and people often forget what happened as time goes by.

Our experienced lawyers will step in to preserve the evidence you need. Give us a call today so that we can get to work and protect your rights.

What if I was Partly to Blame for the Accident?

You don’t lose your right to compensation just because you were partly to blame for the crash. Under NYC shared responsibility rules, multiple parties can be financially liable for an accident. Your compensation award could be reduced by the portion of the blame assigned to you.

Our lawyers know how to reduce the impact of blame-shifting tactics. Call us today for a free consultation to learn more.

Call an Experienced NYC Speeding Accident Lawyer for Help Today

Were you or a loved one hurt in a speeding accident? You don’t have to handle the legal process alone. At Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C., we are here to advocate for your right to full and fair compensation.

Remember, if you wait too long, you could lose your right to sue the other driver for the money you need. Our NYC speeding accident lawyers can help you get the money you need for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and more. Call us today to schedule your free consultation. We serve clients across NYC, Staten Island and Long Island.