Many factors contribute to traffic accidents, including alcohol, distraction, road rage and fatigue, but the undisputed king of vehicle collision causes is speed. Speeding not only increases the likelihood of an accident, but it also increases the possibility of severe, if not catastrophic or fatal, injuries. At the Arami Law Office, we’ve seen the devastating effects of unbridled speed. For more than 10 years, we’ve helped victims of high-speed collisions and their families get justice from the reckless drivers who caused them harm.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, “the relationship between vehicle speed and crash severity is unequivocal and based on the laws of physics” with “the likelihood of being injured, and injury severity in a crash, depend on the change in speed at impact.” A 1997 study showed that the “risk of being involved in an injury crash was lowest for vehicles traveling near or below the median speed and increased exponentially at higher speeds.”
Data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that Illinois had 911 traffic fatalities in 2009, of which 325 were speeding related. Almost half of those were reported to involve speeds in excess of 55 mph. Driving too fast seems to be more of a factor in fatal crashes than distracted driving, which was responsible for 16 percent of deadly collisions nationwide in 2009.
High-speed crashes involving passenger cars, trucks and motorcycles often result in life-altering and life-ending personal injuries. We’ve seen many victims suffering from:
With such devastating damage, it’s imperative that the victim recovers enough compensation to pay for medical expenses and perhaps a lifetime of care. In high-speed collision cases, auto accident attorneys work with crash-scene reconstruction experts to establish the speed of the vehicles on impact. When it’s in excess of the legal limit, it helps to confirm liability and allows us to make a solid case for compensation.
At the Arami Law Office, we’re motivated by genuine concern for accident victims to pursue the maximum damage amount possible. If you or a loved one has sustained injuries in a high-speed collision, we can help you as we’ve helped others throughout the greater Chicago area. To schedule a free initial consultation, call us today at (312) 212-1397 or contact our Chicago office online.
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