Car accidents take place in the blink of an eye and if excessive speed is involved the injuries and damages are only magnified. A driver may choose to travel at unsafe speeds and place another driver who obeys traffic laws at sudden risk.
In 2018, accidents involving speeding killed nearly 10,000 drivers according to the National Safety Council. 26% of all accidents that year were the result of speeding.
Speeding isn’t just going over the speed limit, it also involves knowing the right speed for conditions. You may be doing the speed limit, but if conditions are hazardous due to weather or debris or gridlock, you’re expected to adjust to a safer rate of travel.
Unfortunately, not every driver will be paying attention as their speed increases and conditions turn hazardous. These drivers can leave you at risk of collision and injury.
Lexington Speeding Accident
Police think speeding led to an overnight collision early Thursday morning in Lexington. WKYT-TV reported the accident happened shortly after midnight, July 23, 2020. A driver was rushed to the hospital.
Police were on the scene at Newtown Pike at West Second Street. They found a car had flipped after hitting another vehicle and a light pole.
The driver of the flipped car was reported as having serious injuries. Police believe speed was a factor in the accident.
What to do if You’re Involved in a Speeding Accident
The consequences of going too fast can be devastating. The speeding driver can injure themselves and they also make anyone else on the road a target.
If a driver leaves you the victim of an accident you’ll need to prove they were negligent. They acted in a careless manner that put others in harm’s way. That would include speeding or going too fast for conditions.
If you, unfortunately, end up in an accident caused by someone else you’ll want to follow these steps to ensure safety and to prepare for the battle with insurance companies to come:
- Assess any injuries you or your passengers may have suffered.
- Make sure your vehicle didn’t end up in a spot that leaves it at risk for another collision.
- Call 911. Give a full report to Police.
- Take photos of the scene, the vehicles involved, and any visible injuries.
- Get information from any witnesses on the scene.
- Get yourself and family members checked out by your own doctor. Get full documentation.
Compensation in an Accident
Damages that an accident victim and the victim’s family are entitled to recover from an at-fault driver may include:
- Hospital and medical expenses.
- Past and future lost earnings.
- Past and future permanent physical disability such as a limp, scars, loss of a limb.
- Emotional distress, such as depression and anxiety.
- Damage or destruction of property.
- Physical pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life.
Contact a Lexington Accident Lawyer
Even if you were the victim in a collision another driver caused, you may still end up having to fight to get compensation to pay your medical bills and other expenses related to an injury. Accident victims often wonder if they need an attorney, and the answer is almost always yes. Insurance agents have years of experience and are good at their job which is to pay you as little as possible or nothing at all. You need someone just as experienced to help you level the field.
Talk to a Lexington Car Accident Attorney you can trust to be on your side and advocate for you. The attorneys at Kaufman & Stigger, PLLC, have a combined 100 years’ experience in helping clients represent their claims. To discuss your case, contact Kaufman & Stigger, PLLC today, by clicking here to contact them online.