According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 35,092 car accident fatalities in 2015. 9,557 of those fatalities involved speeding, which accounts for 27% of the total car accident deaths. From 2014 to 2015, there was a 3% increase in speeding-related fatalities. In 2015, 32% of males aged 15–24 years old who were involved in a fatal crash were speeding. In the same year, 45% of all drivers who were speeding had been drinking.
Texas was ranked by the NHTSA as the state with the most speeding-related traffic fatalities in 2015, with a total of 1,105 deaths. Those speeding-related deaths accounted for 31% of the total traffic fatalities in Texas. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, Harris County ranks second in the state for the highest number of speed-involved fatal crashes next to Dallas County. In 2016, Harris County experienced 83 fatal, 91 fatalities, 128 incapacitating injuries, and a total of 1,573 speed-related crashes.
The NHTSA identifies the following as some of the major consequences of speeding:
- Increased probability of losing control of the vehicle
- Reduced effectiveness of the equipment that is meant to protect the occupants
- Increased distance required to stop safely
- More severe crashes and more serious injuries
People often speed because they are running late, are frustrated in traffic, and feel like their behaviors will not directly affect someone’s life. None of these rationalizations are a justification for the tragic outcomes that speeding and the feelings of road rage that can result in speeding can cause. The NHTSA provides a resource on how to avoid driving aggressively for drivers who want to learn how to drive more safely.
Do I Need a Lawyer?
After you’ve been injured in an accident with a speeding driver, we understand you may be buzzing with questions: How will I afford to repair my car? How will I pay my medical bills? Will the other driver take responsibility for his actions? Do I need a lawyer?
As the injured victim, you have legal rights that could entitle you to receive monetary compensation to cover the costs of your medical bills, property damage, long-term care, pain and suffering, and other losses. Since the other driver made the reckless decision to speed and damage your vehicle or your health, you are protected by the law. A skilled personal injury lawyer will be able to pursue maximum compensation for your claim.
Unfortunately, it is unlikely that you’ll receive the money that you deserve without an experienced and knowledgeable attorney. The legal process is complex and difficult to understand. Let an attorney at Williams Hart & Boundas handle the paperwork and strategize on your behalf so that you can recover from your injury without any added stress.
Why Choose Williams Hart & Boundas?
Since 1983, the team at Williams Hart & Boundas has successfully represented thousands of people injured in speeding-related car accidents in Houston and all over the state of Texas. In the last 35 years, we have worked diligently to ensure that those harmed by careless drivers are treated with compassion. Our passion for helping those who have been injured and mistreated is known throughout Houston and the legal community. We have been recognized by the National Law Journal’s Top 100 Verdicts for our multi-million dollar verdicts and have been included on the list of Best Law Firms by U.S. News & World Report.
If you or someone you love was injured in a car accident because another driver was speeding, Williams Hart & Boundas is here to help protect your rights. The other driver’s irresponsible decision to speed caused your injuries and pain, and at Williams Hart & Boundas, we believe that those who speed on the road and hurt other drivers should be held accountable for their actions. A Houston speeding accident attorney at Williams Hart & Boundas is ready to thoroughly review the details of your case, guide you through the legal process, and help you get the compensation you deserve.
The car accident attorneys of Williams Hart & Boundas are passionate about helping the people of the Houston community. We know that the people of this city are hard-working and honest individuals. That is why when an accident affects the life of one of our community members, we will do everything possible to assure they receive just treatment in the form of settlements or verdicts.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident that was caused by a speeding driver in Houston, do not wait any longer to reach out for help. Contact the Houston personal injury attorneys at Williams Hart & Boundas for a free consultation.