Spring Hill Car Accident Attorneys
A high-speed car crash often results in severe injuries and property damage. At Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC, we understand the devastation a speeding driver can leave in the wake of an accident. Our Spring Hill car wreck lawyers have represented crash victims and their families for decades. We have more than 50 years of combined experience advocating for the rights of the injured. We can fight for your right to compensation if you were hit by a speeding driver.
Speeding and Car Crashes
Speeding is a major cause of car accidents in the U.S. and in Florida. It is a factor in almost one-third of traffic-related deaths, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Nearly 10,000 people die each year in speed-related crashes. The Florida Highway Patrol issued approximately 302,000 speeding citations in 2011-2012. Speed also contributed to over 266 fatal Florida crashes in 2011, according to the NHTSA.
Some common reasons for speeding include a driver’s rush to get to a destination, inattentive or distracted driving, and ignoring traffic signs. In a 2013 NHTSA survey on speeding, almost half of all drivers believed that efforts should be made to reduce speeding on our roads, but more than 25 percent admitted that they enjoyed driving fast and did not realize when they were speeding. Inexperienced drivers, particularly teenagers, admitted to speeding more than any other age group.
Accountability in Florida Motor Vehicle Accidents
Speeding is usually the result of careless driving. If you were hurt in a car crash, speeding may have been the cause of the accident. You can file a claim based on negligence to hold the driver accountable for your injuries.
All drivers in Florida have a duty to use care when they drive. This duty of care includes driving at or below the speed limit while taking into consideration all the relevant circumstances. Weather conditions, malfunctioning traffic signals, and the presence of others on the road, such as pedestrians and bicyclists, are all factors a driver should consider.
A driver breaches the duty of care when he or she fails to use the care that a reasonably prudent driver would use under similar circumstances. For example, a driver may violate this duty of care if he or she drives above the speed limit in stormy weather.
Once duty and breach are established, a car crash victim also must show that the breach caused his or her injuries and that the injuries resulted in damages. Medical bills or time off from work to heal from the injuries are examples of damages.
If the driver’s speeding was a result of DUI driving or texting while driving, the driver may be liable under negligence per se. This happens when a person breaks a law that creates a duty intended to protect a certain set of people. You still have to show causation and damages in a negligence per se claim, but you do not have to show duty or breach.
Compensation and Damages
Speeding accidents often cause extensive physical injuries and property damage. You may be able to get damages for your injuries, including compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. If your relative died in the crash, you may recover for his or her medical and funeral bills, loss of companionship, and more by filing a wrongful death action. Florida requires that you file a personal injury claim within four years of the crash, and two years in the case of wrongful death.
North Tampa Attorneys Asserting Your Rights
The North Tampa car crash lawyers at Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC can assert your legal right to compensation if you were hurt by a speeding driver. Our team of lawyers has helped numerous Florida car accident victims and their families pursue claims against careless and reckless drivers. We can assess your case, discuss your legal rights, and provide the support you need to advance your claim for compensation. Call us today at (866) 597-0009 or complete our online form to schedule a confidential consultation with us at no cost. We serve clients in Pasco, Citrus, and Hernando Counties, along with other surrounding areas.