When a car accident occurs, there are usually many contributing factors. One such factor is speed. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, speeding contributed to an estimated 28% of traffic fatalities in 2014 (latest available data), and accounts for approximately $40.4 billion per year in taxpayer costs. These numbers are staggering, and could largely be mitigated if only drivers would adhere to prescribed speed limits.
No Need For Excessive Speed
For civilians, there will almost never be an acceptable excuse for exceeding the speed limit. The only exemption for speeding vehicles in New York applies to emergency vehicles like ambulances and police cars, and even then, only when those vehicles are actually responding to an emergency. And given that high-speed accidents are more likely to occur during wintry weather conditions for which Buffalo is famous, combined with the fact that these accidents are also more likely to result in death or serious injury, you must ask yourself: Is it worth it? 99.99% of the time, the answer should be a resounding “No”.
We Can Help
If you are injured by someone else who was speeding or otherwise driving recklessly, we invite you to call Campbell & Associates at 716-992-2222 for a free consultation. Our attorneys have decades of experience advocating for clients who were injured in motor vehicle accidents.
Example Verdicts/Settlements for High-Speed Collision Accidents
Rappold v. Trembling, et al. (N.Y. Sup. 2000) – Plaintiff, a seat belted front seat passenger in a car driven by Defendant, was severely injured when Defendant driver lost control of the vehicle due to excessive speed and struck a tree. Plaintiff suffered severe brain damage which necessitated the removal of approximately 25 percent of his right temporal lobe. Plaintiff was in the tragic position of suffering significant cognitive deficits while nonetheless being fully aware of the nature and extent of his injuries. A jury awarded Plaintiff $47,452,461 for past and future pain and suffering, past and future medical expenses, and future lost earnings.
Clementi v. Walck Brothers AG Service, Inc. (N.Y. Sup. 2002) – Plaintiff, a 39-year old female, suffered injuries when her vehicle was struck from the rear by the Defendant’s truck on a highway exit ramp. Plaintiff suffered aggravation of preexisting disc disease at L4-5 and L5-S1 that required fusion surgery and resulted in chronic pain syndrome. Plaintiff contended that Defendant was driving much too fast on the exit ramp. The parties agreed to a pretrial settlement of $1,010,000.
Santowasso v. Brady (N.Y. Sup. 1986) – A 17-year old man was killed while riding his moped. His estate sued the driver of the second vehicle for wrongful death. The evidence showed that Defendant driver was travelling at an excessive rate of speed and playing “chicken” in the wrong lane of traffic prior to striking the moped. A jury awarded Plaintiff’s estate $2,300,000 ($5,137,000, adjusted for inflation) for the young man’s wrongful death.