Drivers throughout North Carolina are expected to obey the speed limit and to travel at a speed that is safe for current conditions. Unfortunately, many drivers exceed the speed limit, significantly increasing the risk of a speeding-related auto accident.
Speeding is a contributing cause of 30% of all fatal auto accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. More than 10,000 people die annually as a result of accidents with speeding drivers, and thousands more are injured each year.
Speeding both increases the risk of collisions and makes collisions more likely to be severe. Drivers who are going too fast are more likely to lose control of a vehicle and will take longer to stop because higher speeds give the car greater momentum. The faster speed also means the impact of a collision is greater.
A speeding driver should be held legally liable for a collision he causes. The driver’s violation of speed limit laws creates the presumption that the driver was unreasonably careless. This means a collision victim should be able to obtain compensation from a speeding driver simply by proving the driver’s negligence was a direct cause of an auto accident. The victim will also need to prove the extent of loss the accident caused.
North Carolina auto accident attorneys at Auger & Auger represent victims who are involved in collisions with speeding drivers. We can help you to obtain compensation for economic and non-financial loss. Give us a call today to find out more about the legal services we can provide as you pursue a damage claim arising from a collision with a speeding driver.