Seattle High Speed Accident Lawyer
Car Crash with a Speeding Vehicle
Speed limits are not arbitrary. They exist and are enforced to keep everyone safe, motorists and pedestrians alike. Engineers consider many factors when determining speed limits; including the road's characteristics, shoulder conditions, grade, and sight distance. The numbers they come up with aren't made up on the fly; they matter and should be heeded by everyone on the road.
Unfortunately, many choose not to, and the statistics reflect that. Speeding causes countless auto accidents every day that result in injuries and death. Anyone who causes harm to another by speeding can be held liable for all the damages the victim suffers.
At Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S., our experienced Seattle auto accident attorneys help victims and their loved ones get the compensation they need to cover all related damages, including medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. To learn more about how we can help you, call us today at (888) 228-3860 for a free, comprehensive consultation.
How Can I Hold a Speeding Driver Accountable for an Accident?
First and foremost, speeding is explicitly mentioned in Washington State law as being an illegal behavior. Washington Statute 46.61.400 states, "No person shall drive a vehicle on a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions and having regard to the actual and potential hazards then existing. In every event speed shall be so controlled as may be necessary to avoid colliding with any person, vehicle, or other conveyance on or entering the highway in legal compliance with legal requirements and the duty of all persons to use due care."
As long as you can establish that the liable motorist was speeding and that his or her speeding led to the collision that caused your damages, then your claim will be difficult to contest.
Collisions Caused by Street Racing
Though it is glamorized in movies like The Fast and The Furious and reality TV shows like the Discovery Channel's Street Outlaws, and even romanticized in songs like Bruce Springsteen's "Racing in the Street," street racing is a dangerous activity that results in hundreds of deaths each year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over 800 people were killed in street-racing-related crashes in the five-year period between 2001 and 2006 (the latest stats available).
Drag racing is an exciting sport, but it should only be practiced by trained drivers in cars equipped with appropriate safety equipment - and should NEVER be done outside of a legal drag strip.
What's particularly sad about street racing is that the victims are usually not the participants. Bystanders and other drivers are the ones who often pay the price for others’ reckless actions. People who engage in street racing need to be held criminally and financially liable for their actions.
Compensation for Damages in a Washington Street Racing Accident
If you have been injured by someone participating in street racing, you may be able to seek compensation for:
- Current medical bills
- Costs of future medical treatments related to your injury
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional anguish and mental duress
- Costs of physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Permanent injury or disability
- Household and vehicle modifications (wheelchair ramps, etc.)
- Lost wages
- Loss of career or earning potential
- Reduction of earning potential
- Property loss or damage
- Loss of joy of life
Compensation for Wrongful Death in Washington
While no amount of financial compensation can replace a lost loved one, a wrongful death settlement can buy you peace of mind while you grieve and attempt to accept your loss. If you've lost a loved one in a high-speed street racing accident, you may be able to pursue compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Pain and suffering of the deceased before death
- Loss of future income
- Loss of future benefits (such as medical benefits and retirement benefits)
- Loss of love, affection, companionship, guidance, marital consortium, etc.
- Loss of household services the deceased performed (such as child care, accounting, vehicle and property maintenance, etc.)
- Punitive damages
How Can a High-Speed Accident Attorney Help Me with My Claim?
Your attorney will conduct a thorough investigation and find relevant evidence, such as traffic camera photos, testimony by accident reconstruction specialists and other experts, and witness accounts that support your claim.
The knowledgeable Seattle high-speed accident attorneys at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S., can help you navigate the complex claims process and protect you from the underhanded tactics employed by insurance companies. It is absolutely vital that you consult with a trustworthy lawyer before you speak with an insurance adjuster or sign anything. For more information through a no-cost consultation, call our offices at (888) 228-3860.
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