Between NASCAR and movies, driving at high speeds can appear stimulating and fun – and while you are in control of the car, it is. But driving at high speeds means that the likelihood that the driver will lose control of the car is greatly increased, and everyone around them has the potential to be involved in a car accident.
How Can I Find Out If The Person Who Hit Me Was Speeding?
There are several steps you can take to determine if the person who was at fault for your accident was speeding.
- Obtain the contact information of any witnesses – if you are able, ask any witnesses for their name, phone number, and address. These witnesses may be able to testify that they saw the at fault driver speeding through traffic just prior to hitting your car.
- Take photographs – accident reconstruction experts can use these visual facts to help determine what kind of speed would be required to cause the damage to both vehicles. Remember to take photographs of your injuries as well.
- Obtain copies of the police report – when the police arrive on the scene of the accident, they will question everyone involved and take statements. It is possible that through questioning they will have determined the other driver was speeding at the time of impact.
- Consult with a personal injury attorney who can work to gather copies of any video taken in the area at the time of the accident.
The Other Driver Has Insurance – Do I Need To File A Lawsuit?
In New York, drivers who have been involved in a car accident turn to their own insurance companies for compensation, regardless of who was at fault. However, the law permits the victims of the car accident to pursue legal action against the at fault driver if:
- their insurance policy limits are reached and they still require medical care
- if their injuries are disfiguring or if a bone was fractured
- if they lose the use or a limb or organ due to their injuries
While cars are designed to protect us in the event of an accident, the fact is that serious injuries still occur on a regular basis.
Injuries Commonly Sustained In High Speed Accidents
While broken bones might seem like an easy enough fix, the reality is that if the bones in the hands, arms, legs, or feet are broken, it may prevent the victim from returning to work for some time. It takes weeks to months for broken bones to heal, and it is unfair for anyone to expect that a victim should suffer financially due to an injury they did not cause.
The impact that a car driving 65 mph has when it hits another car can be nearly equal to the impact the car would have if the driver went off of a 12-story building. This is why it is common for the victims to suffer from damage to both the vertebrae and the spinal cord.
Traumatic Brain Injury
The same impact that can damage the spinal cord can force the tender brain to hit the inside of the hard skull. Those suffering from traumatic brain injury may notice changes in memory, speech, muscle movement, and more. These changes may be temporary or permanent.
What If The Police Report Indicates I Am Partially To Blame?
New York allows for pure comparative fault, which means that even if you are partially at fault for the accident, you will still be able to pursue legal action and possibly receive compensation. If you are awarded compensation, the amount will be reduced by a percentage which represents how much of the accident was your fault.
What If I Was Injured In A Police Chase?
Even if the police are in the pursuit of a suspect, they are still responsible for ensuring that innocent bystanders are protected. Sadly, many police chases result in a car accident involving innocent bystanders.
If you have been injured by a driver who is involved in a high-speed chase, even if the driver is a police officer, you have the right to seek compensation for your injuries and losses.
Why Should I Choose Your Firm?
Not all law firms and lawyers are the same. At Banville Law, we believe that the first step to ensuring that you will get the compensation you need is choosing the right representation. Our car accident lawyers offer:
- Experience – Our firm is dedicated to helping car accident victims recover and we have years of experience as well as successful verdicts and settlements, showing what we have obtained for our clients.
- We offer free consultations to all car accident victims.
- We work on a contingency fee basis – this means that if we don’t get you any compensation, you owe us nothing.
- We are licensed to practice law throughout the entire state of New York and have assisted many clients from Manhattan, Brooklyn, The Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island boroughs and counties.
- We Care! Nothing makes us happier than knowing that the victims of an accident are able to take the time they need to heal and get back on their feet.