Speeding Car Accidents in Las Vegas
Speed kills is more than just a scare tactic used to keep drivers from breaking the law. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), during 2018 more than 9,000 people lost their lives in speed-related accidents. Nevada has more than 1,000,000 registered vehicles and in Las Vegas alone, there are more than 42 million tourists annually. It probably comes as no surprise to learn that during 2017, speeding was a contributing factor in more than 9,000 accident fatalities.
Nevada Laws Regarding Speeding
While Nevada has some strict laws about speeding, it does not seem to prevent people from pushing their foot a little harder on the gas pedal when they are in a hurry. Nevada’s drivers can face fines of up to $20 per mile over the speed limit. Remember, speed limits are maximums and if road conditions warrant, you could still be considered speeding even if you are traveling the posted limit in bad weather.
Deadly Intersections Complicated by Speeding
Las Vegas is home to some of the deadliest roadways in Nevada. Speeding often plays a role when drivers are frustrated by congested roadways. When you combine speed and people coming out of casinos, oftentimes under the influence of alcohol, the likelihood of an accident grows exponentially. Drunk and drugged driving accidents occur when someone makes a conscious decision to get behind the wheel of a car when they know, or should know, they are impaired.
Dangers of Speeding Car Accidents
Speeding accidents can be deadly. Even when a speeding car accident does not result in fatality, the injuries suffered by victims can be life-altering. Passengers who are struck from the side by a speeding vehicle can be thrust from their seat and pushed into the driver. Passengers in the rear seat may be pushed forward, resulting in spinal cord injuries. Drivers who are victims of speeding accidents could face crushed bones, cuts and abrasions from broken windows, and more.
Physically Recovering from Las Vegas Speeding Accidents
Every car accident victim faced different recovery times. Many factors play a role including how soon they were able to seek medical attention, the extent of the injury suffered in a speeding accident, and their physical health prior to the accident. Victims who are immune system compromised could face serious infections after a car accident, particularly if they had cuts or gashes as a result of the crash.
Financial Recovery Following Speeding Accidents
Victims of speeding accidents must recover from their physical injuries before they are able to return to “normal” activities. One of the biggest problems these victims face is mounting medical bills and a loss of their ability to earn a living while they are recovering. Victims often face weeks of tests, recovery, and physical therapy before they can successfully return to work. Some victims will face setbacks involving infections, unexpected surgical procedures, and some may have to live with permanent disfigurement or scarring. Some of the potential financial impacts of a car accident include:
- Unexpected medical costs — while many car accident victims may have health insurance, some policies exclude the bills associated with a car accident. This means victims will be forced to deal with costs associated with hospitalization, prescription drugs, tests, and more.
- Loss of wages and benefits — victims who are out of work are often losing more than base wages. Some will lose the opportunity to work overtime, see an impact on their pension accounts, and for those who are out of work for extended periods of time while recovering, they could also see an impact on their future Social Security benefits.
- Unexpected expenses — in some cases, victims may have to engage household help to complete tasks the victim would have done on their own. In other instances, they may have to make modifications, however temporary, to their home to allow them to navigate their home safely during recovery.
Nevada only requires drivers to carry $25,000 in personal injury protection on their insurance. Since this is the minimum, this is all many drivers carry. This may barely scratch the surface of the losses you can suffer following a speeding accident.
Speeding Car Accident Claims Are Complicated
Sometimes speeding accidents are complicated by the fact the vehicles involved have already stopped prior to the arrival of law enforcement officers. Forensic evidence such as skid marks can be marred or eliminated in poor weather or by traffic flow following the accident. Full investigations are often complicated — particularly if the at-fault driver was traveling at the “posted” speed which may be too fast for roadway conditions. You want to make sure you consult with a skilled car accident lawyer as soon after an accident as possible — it may be the only way your claim will be taken seriously.
Speeding is an Aggressive Driving Tactic
According to the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles program “Zero Fatalities®”, more than one-third of all fatalities in Nevada are the result of speeding. More than one-third of speeding accidents also involved alcohol. These are tragic numbers and families and victims have a right to hold the driver who was at fault for their injuries, or the loss of a loved one accountable for their actions. You do not have to wait for the person to be convicted of the criminal charges they will likely face following the death of a loved one, or due to driving under the influence.
Speeding Car Accident Attorney Gina Corena & Associates Can Help
If you are a victim of a speeding driver, or you lost a loved on in a Las Vegas speeding accident, you need to seek legal guidance so you know what rights you have and how to best protect yourself. Contact Gina Corena & Associates today at (702) 680–1111 for a free consultation and let us help you recover financially. Whether you are suffering an injury, or you are suffering the loss of a loved one, we know money will not make up for it, however, we can help you get the compensation you deserve so you do not have to bear the financial burden of someone else’s negligence or bad behavior.