Fall River Speeding Accidents
In 2017, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that Rhode Island traffic fatalities were at their highest rates since 2008. In both 2014 and 2016, there were 51 traffic-related deaths in Rhode Island, while in 2015 the number of traffic-related deaths was, at 45, the lowest since 1992. However, in 2017 there were 83 traffic-related fatalities in the state.
Driving is, by nature, dangerous, and these statistics suggested that in Rhode Island driving has become even more dangerous.
And the pace of life quickens, even in rural areas, so do drivers. Most of us use our vehicles extensively every day, and we trust that everyone is obeying traffic laws so we can go and come from our destinations safely.
Speeding is a blatant disregard of traffic laws. When drivers speed, they fail to adhere to the regulations that set safety limits for roadways.
Numerous federal, state, and local laws determine road speed limits and a lot of public work is done to understand the nuances of every road. Yet hundreds of accidents and a startling number of fatalities take place on Fall River roads every day when drivers ignore posted speed limits.
If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in an accident caused by another driver’s negligent speeding, you have the right and responsibility to take action and hold them accountable for their disregard for the law.
If someone’s speeding has left you with costly medical bills, rehabilitative treatment for your injuries, and lost time from work, they should be responsible for the maximum possible compensation.
Pursuing legal action against a reckless driver can help you to obtain a settlement for any injuries you may have sustained in a speeding accident, and should help ease the stress and emotional trauma of a harrowing incident. You should not have to suffer from a speeding accident without fighting for compensation for your losses.
Why is Speeding Dangerous?
According to NHTSA estimates, nearly 10,000 people were killed in 2017 in the United States as a result of speeding-related vehicle accidents. This number represents one-fourth of all fatal traffic accidents in the America in 2017, making it one of the top causes of vehicle accident deaths.
So why do people still speed? The obvious answer is that people believe speeding will get them where they are going faster.
However, the reality is that drivers who speed arrive only marginally faster, if not at the same time, as their counterparts who don’t speed, simply because a few miles per hour over the speed limit adds up to very little saved time.
Even if there are minimal positive effects of speeding, they are far outweighed by the negative consequences. Speeding represents one of the most major causes of traffic accidents across the world, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
Drivers who speed aren’t able to properly control their vehicles, meaning they make wider turns than the road allows, have greater stopping distances, and make it more likely that their vehicles’ protective equipment will fail to work properly if an accident occurs.
High risk-aggressive drivers increase the possibility of a crash by speeding, though many believe that they are “good enough” drivers to ignore posted speed limits, or that they are in such a hurry that they need to speed.
Interestingly, the more often that a driver speeds, the more confident they become in their ability to speed without a threat to their safety (or others’ safety) or the threat of a traffic fine, which in turn increases the likelihood of an accident and seriously injuring or killing other drivers.
According to studies done by the WHO in 2018, each 1% percent increase in speed represents a corollary 4% increase in a fatal crash risk.
When factoring in speeding with the other dangers of bad weather, nighttime, construction-zone driving, or the risk of other negligent drivers on the road, the odds of severe traffic accident are extremely high.
If someone on Fall River roads is speeding, the potential for danger is immediate. However, there are several things you can do to try to keep yourself safe:
- Stay as far away as possible from the driver, switching lanes if necessary. Because it is more difficult to slow down and maintain a lane while speeding, you should avoid being directly in front of, adjacent to, or behind a speeding driver if possible.
- Do not engage verbally or visually with a speeding driver. Speeding is a form of aggressive driving, and it’s common for speeding drivers to tailgate other drivers, which is very dangerous. If you are being tailgated or are the target pf another driver’s aggression, get out of the way of the driver, remain attentive to the road, and let them pass.
- Call the police if the behavior continues or the speeding driver poses an on-going threat to you or others on the road. If another driver harasses or threatens you, notify law enforcement immediately with a voice-activated device and stay focused on driving safely.
Many drivers are not overtly aggressive. They may believe it is okay to ignore the speed limit once in a while if they’re running late or have an emergency. However, the fact is that speeding rarely makes a big difference in the total amount of time it takes to get to a destination, but it can significantly increase the chances of a fatal traffic accident.
Why Should I Seek an Attorney for a Speeding Accident
Showing that a vehicle accident was caused by speeding can be difficult to prove without the resources and knowledge of an experienced team of attorneys.
An attorney has the investigative power to gather witness evidence, piece together the events leading up to the accident, and handle vehicle insurance policy issues, while confronting parties such as insurance companies and speeding drivers, who will minimize their responsibility for your injuries.
When you’re healing from a speeding accident injury, you should not try to take on the extra stress that can be associated with personal injury cases. Average drivers don’t have an attorney’s understanding of traffic laws, of the Fall River court system, of insurance coverage claims, and experience dealing with speeding accidents.
Pursuing legal action should not be difficult, but it’s not something that anyone but an attorney can do easily. If you take decide to pursue compensation after a speeding accident, you should have the peace of mind that you will receive a fair settlement.
Securing a competent and knowledgeable attorney will ensure that you are well-represented in court and increases the likelihood that you will get equitable compensation for your pain and suffering.
Why Should I Hire the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, LTD. for My Speeding Accident?
The Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, LTD. is dedicated to helping our clients obtain the maximum possible settlement for their injuries in the wake of speeding accidents. Our attorneys have been practicing personal injury law for almost six decades. We are a family team that treats our clients as we would treat any member of our family – with compassion, trust, and dedicated attention.
With our extensive experience, we know how to secure evidence to ensure that speeding drivers are held responsible for their actions. Many have prior records that we can obtain through in-depth investigative work and limitless research techniques.
Without an experienced attorney with a proven record of success in speeding cases, you might as well face a courtroom alone. While there are many Rhode Island attorneys who offer personal injury services, the proven results of the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, LTD. are unmatched.
We have returned hundreds of millions of dollars to our injured clients over the years, and we know we can offer to you what our previous clients praise us for: our sense of care, our urgency, and our diligence and dedication to each of our clients.
Contact the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, LTD. Today
If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a traffic accident caused by a speeding driver, the most important thing you can do after seeking medical attention is to hire a personal injury attorney who is skilled at handling reckless driving cases.
The losses you’ve suffered can and should be compensated for by the speeding driver. the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, LTD. can obtain a settlement for you, at no cost to you until we win your case. We are confident in our ability to help you get the justice you deserve. Call us today at (508) 491-1025 today to schedule your free consultation.