Speeding Accident Injury Lawyer
Nearly every driver at some point exceeds the posted speed limit or drives too fast for conditions – that’s why speeding is perhaps the most frequent violation of traffic law in Georgia and across the U.S. But, as the old saying goes, “Speed kills.”
In fact, excessive speed is a factor in about one-third of traffic fatalities, according to national studies. More than 10,500 individuals lost their lives in speed-related crashes in the U.S. and Puerto Rico in 2010, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says. In Georgia, approximately two out of every 10 fatal crashes are due to a driver’s speeding, according to the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS).
When a speeding driver causes a car accident, that driver should be held responsible for the injuries and losses other drivers or passengers suffer because of that driver’s decisions. The Atlanta speeding accident lawyers at Millar & Mixon, LLC stand up for those who have been injured through no fault of their own in Georgia car crashes to make sure they get the compensation they deserve.
If you’ve been hurt in an accident caused by a driver who exceeded the speed limit, contact the Atlanta speeding accident lawyers at Millar & Mixon, LLC today through our online contact form or at 404-620-4301 to learn more about how we can help you. We can provide you with a free initial consultation.
Speeding and Aggressive Driving in Georgia
The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) defines speeding as “exceeding the posted speed limit, driving too fast for conditions, or racing.” It is a dangerous driving behavior that has consistently been a major factor in about one-third of traffic fatalities.
In a 2012 report, the GHSA says “speeding — and to a somewhat lesser extent — aggressive driving, are committed by almost all drivers on occasion.” Speeding continues to be a problem on our nation’s roads, the report says, because “few advocates exist for speed reduction; speeding is a behavior that many people engage in routinely.”
The NHTSA says speeding is a component of the broader problem of “aggressive driving,” which is defined as “committing a combination of moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or property.” This includes:
- Exceeding the posted speed limit
- Following too closely (tailgating)
- Erratic or unsafe lane changes
- Improperly signaling lane changes
- Failure to obey traffic control devices (stop signs, yield signs, traffic signals, railroad grade cross signals, etc.).
Georgia lawmakers have taken a strong stand against excessive speed on state highways. The state’s maximum speed limits for cars and trucks are 55 mph on urban interstates, 70 mph on rural interstates and 65 mph on other limited access roads. Georgia’s “Super Speeder Law” adds $200 to fines imposed on any driver convicted of speeding at a rate that exceeds 75 mph on any two-lane road or faster than 85 mph on a multiple-lane road anywhere in the state.
Still, Georgia drivers continue to choose to speed.
The 2012 CASI Report (Crash Analysis Statistics) from the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety says that Georgia law enforcement personnel issued 419,000 citations for speeding in 2009. Meanwhile, there were 238 speed-related fatalities in Georgia in 2009, 19 percent of all fatal crashes in the state.
Compensation for Georgia Speeding Accident Victims
Georgia law says the party that causes a car accident has to bear the costs that arise from the crash. This includes payments for medical expenses, property damage and lost income of those injured as well as damages for pain and suffering and, in fatalities, damages to the deceased’s survivors for a wrongful death.
Insurance firms exist to make a profit. When they seek to protect their profits by denying or making low offers to settle claims, you need the help of an experienced car accident attorney such as those at Millar & Mixon, LLC. We can help you to obtain the compensation you deserve by negotiating with the insurance carrier or pursuing a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit on your behalf.
Get Help from an Atlanta Speeding Accident Lawyer Today
If you or a loved one has been injured in a Georgia car accident blamed on speeding or another form of aggressive driving, the experienced Atlanta speeding accident lawyers at Millar & Mixon, LLC can help you. You may have a right to compensation for medical expenses, property damage, lost income and your pain and suffering. Contact us now at 404-620-4301 or through our online contact form for a free evaluation of your case.