When a vehicle is traveling at a high rate of speed, the potential of a driver to lose control and cause a serious accident increases exponentially. Speeding drivers create dangers for other motorists, as well as pedestrians and bicyclists around them. The Nashville car accident lawyers at Martin Heller Potempa & Sheppard, PLLC assist victims injured as a result of a speeding driver in any legal claims necessary to hold a negligent motorist accountable. Injuries in speeding accidents can be quite severe, requiring victims to spend many hours at doctor visits, engage in rehabilitative efforts, and miss work in order to recover. This recovery can also become very costly. The attorneys at MHPS, PLLC are dedicated to making sure that victims receive the compensation that they need in the aftermath of a collision.Dangers of Speeding Accidents in Tennessee
Tennessee sets speed limits on certain roads and in certain areas for a reason, and these limits are not just guidelines but the law. Speeds are established to maintain safety on the roads, and the government takes into consideration population density, schools in the area, the presence of pedestrians, and the construction of a roadway. Drivers traveling well over a posted speed limit are not only breaking the law but also creating significant dangers on the road. Higher rates of speed make it more difficult for a car to stop when traffic slows, which can cause a rear-end collision or an accident involving multiple vehicles. The force of impact is also higher for speeding accidents, making permanent, catastrophic injuries such as a traumatic brain injury or paralysis more likely. Additionally, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), speeding is a contributing factor in almost one-third of all fatal car accidents nationwide. Since such devastating consequences are possible when a motorist decides to operate a vehicle in an unsafe manner, it is important that dangerous drivers are held legally liable for the harm that they cause.Holding a Speeding Driver Accountable
When a speeding driver causes another person's injuries on the road, that driver can be held accountable in a personal injury lawsuit. To prevail in this claim, an attorney must show that the defendant has acted negligently. Negligence exists when a defendant breaches his or her duty to act reasonably given the circumstances, causing a victim's injuries as well as resulting in damages. Driving at an excessive speed, especially if the driver is traveling through a highly populated or residential area, is an unreasonable action. Additionally, a more specific standard of 'negligence per se,' or negligence as a matter of law, may apply to cases in which it can be shown that the defendant has violated a law enacted to protect a class of people, and the victim falls within that class. Since speed limits are intended to protect motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists, and any other road users, evidence that a defendant has violated this law by exceeding the speed limit and causing an accident can support a theory of negligence per se.
When negligence is shown, a victim can receive damages in the forms of past and future medical expenses, loss of income, loss of earnings, and in some cases, pain and suffering compensation. In fatal speeding accidents, a victim's surviving spouse or child can pursue a wrongful death claim to be compensated for outstanding medical costs, as well as burial or funeral expenses. The statute of limitations for wrongful death and personal injury lawsuits in Tennessee is one year from the date of the injury or death, making timing important in ensuring that a victim's rights are preserved.Consult a Car Accident Lawyer in Nashville or Surrounding Communities
Serious, life-altering injuries are often due to careless drivers failing to drive safely when they are in a hurry. These drivers should be held accountable for their reckless or aggressive actions. The Nashville attorneys at Martin Heller Potempa & Sheppard, PLLC utilize experts in the medical field as well as accident reconstructionists to show what happened in an accident and work tirelessly to ensure that victims receive financial support from negligent drivers. Our firm represents people throughout Davidson and Williamson Counties, including in Franklin, East Nashville, Cool Springs, Charlotte, and Brentwood. If you have been injured in a speeding accident, contact our office online or at 615-800-7096 to see how we can help.