Speed kills. And Colorado recognizes this fact, which is why you will see signs telling you the speed limit almost everywhere that you look.
One reason that speeding is so dangerous is that the force generated by a vehicle increases the faster it is going. As a result, many of our clients who were involved in speed-related accidents end up with much more serious injuries than they otherwise would have suffered. In addition to broken bones, they can suffer catastrophic injuries including brain damage, amputations, and spinal cord injuries.
Cimarron Ridge Legal Group represents accident victims in Colorado when they have been injured out on the road. We bring decades of combined experience, which we can use to get you the compensation you need. Please reach out to us as soon as possible to discuss your case.
How Speed Contributes to Accidents
When a driver is going too fast, he can easily get into an accident:
- Speeding makes it harder for a motorist to stop in time. The faster you are going, the longer it takes for a vehicle to stop. This means that a speeding motorist can run through a red light or slam into a vehicle stopped at an intersection.
- Speeding impairs your ability to control the vehicle. A driver can more easily lose control of a vehicle if he is speeding. If he hits a pothole or a patch of ice, then he can easily fly into oncoming traffic or go off the road.
- Speeding makes turns dangerous. A driver who is going too fast can easily roll a car over if he is trying to take a corner at a high speed.
- Speeding endangers pedestrians. Someone out walking probably assumes that vehicles are going a certain speed and acts accordingly. If a motorist is going too fast, then a pedestrian could be taken by surprise and get struck.
If you have been injured by a speeding driver, then you might have a claim for compensation. You should meet with a Grand Junction car accident attorney to check.
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You can receive compensation if you can show that the motorist who injured you was negligent. To sustain a negligence action, you need to show the following:
- The driver owed you a duty of care. Drivers owe their passengers and other motorists on the road a duty to operate their vehicle carefully so that they do not injure other people.
- The driver broke the duty of care. This is called a “breach.” A motorist breaches the duty of care when they speed.
- The speeding driver caused your injuries. This is easy. Did the driver hit you or force you from the road? If so, the speeding driver is the cause of your injuries. Causation is usually very direct in car accident cases.
- You suffered damages. Damages are financial losses, such as medical care for your injuries or lost wages. Damages can also cover pain that accompanies a physical injury. If you weren’t injured at all, you don’t have a suit.
If you can prove all 4 elements, you can bring a claim for compensation. The amount you can receive will depend on the circumstances, such as the amount of your medical bills and whether you are permanently disabled. Each case is slightly unique, and you would do well to meet with a Grand Junction speeding-related accident attorney for more information.
Driving Too Fast for Conditions
Remember, the posted speed limit is for those periods when conditions are perfect. If the weather is bad—which is often the case here in Colorado—then a careful driver should go much slower than the posted speed limit. If it is raining or snowing, or if there is ice on the road, then careful motorists will lower their speed dramatically in order to get to their destination safely.
Many motorists don’t reduce their speed, of course. Instead, they continue to drive much too fast during inclement weather, and they cause accidents that injure innocent people. If a motorist is going too fast for the conditions, they are still negligent—just as they would be if they were driving over the speed limit.
Contact a Grand Junction Car Accident Lawyer Today
If you were injured by a speeding driver, help is available. At Cimarron Ridge Legal Group, we have helped injured people just like you start claims for compensation. We can help you negotiate with an insurance company and file a lawsuit in court if negotiations break down.
Call us today at (970) 230-7658. We offer a free consultation to those who reach out.