Car Speeding Fatalities
In addition to making an accident more likely to occur, speeding increases the severity of the injury. Speeding-related motor vehicle accidents are more likely to result in catastrophic injuries or even death. If a loved one has passed away as a result of a speeding-related car accident, you may be able to secure financial stability for your family by pursuing a wrongful death claim.
At Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C., our compassionate team of Chicago wrongful death attorneys will provide you with a free consultation to discuss your legal options. We are dedicated to helping the those who have lost family members in fatal car accidents and we will be there for you every step of the way. We have helped families throughout the Chicago area obtain the compensation they deserve and we charge no fees unless you win or settle your case.
Wrongful Death Cases Involving Speeding
Speeding is one of the leading causes of motor vehicle fatalities in this country. The NHTSA considers a motor vehicle accident to be speeding-related if the driver was given a citation for a speed-related offense, or if a police officer indicated that racing, driving too fast for the conditions, or exceeding the posted speed limit was a contributing factor in the crash. In 2014, speeding was a contributing factor in 28% of all motor vehicle crash fatalities in the United States.
Of the 9,262 speeding-related fatalities in 2014, approximately 51% occurred on roads where speed limits were lower than 55 mph. In Illinois, there were 991 motor vehicle fatalities in 2013. According to the most recent data from the NHTSA, speeding-related fatalities accounted for 42% of all auto fatalities in the state of Illinois.
In order to establish a wrongful death claim, you must show that the driver failed to exercise a duty of care and that this failure resulted in the death of another person. For wrongful death cases involving fatal car accidents, the duty of care is to operate the vehicle in the same way a reasonable person would under similar conditions at the time of the accident.
Speed limits exist for a reason and speeding is considered a breach of the duty of care because it is foreseeable that an accident could result. When drivers speed, it decreases their ability to safely control the vehicle and there is less time to stop the vehicle in order to avoid an accident. Drivers must also reduce their speed in bad weather (ice, rain, snow) to account for poor road conditions. Whenever there is evidence that a driver violated speed limit laws or was driving too fast for the conditions, that driver may be held liable for your loved one’s death.
How Chicago Wrongful Death Attorneys Can Help
At Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C., our attorneys understand how difficult it is to lose a family member in a car accident, and we are here to help shoulder some of the burden. If you decide to pursue a wrongful death claim, we will take care of the legal paperwork, insurance claims, and negotiation process so that you can focus on healing. Our skilled attorneys have recovered millions of dollars on behalf of our clients through jury awards and settlements.
We are dedicated to helping families get justice and we always strive to get our clients the best possible outcome. You can rest assured that Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. will fight aggressively to obtain the compensation that you and your family rightfully deserve. We do not ask our clients to pay us unless we win their case or get them a fair settlement. Call us today at (312) 236-2900 to discuss your legal options.