According to the NHTSA, speeding is a factor in more than 25 percent of traffic fatalities, and an even higher percentage of accidents resulting in injuries. If you have been seriously injured in a speeding accident in which the other driver was at fault, you need more than excellent medical care; you need powerful legal representation. If you reside in the Philadelphia area, contact Cooper Schall & Levy for the personalized service you deserve.
Once you become our client, our car accident attorneys will fight aggressively to win you the damages you need to cover your medical costs, lost income, and other expenses related to your injury. We are forceful litigators with a well-earned reputation for integrity and a track record of successful outcomes. Your initial consultation will be free and we will charge you no attorneys’ fees until we recover for you.
What Makes Speeding So Dangerous
All too frequently, speeding accidents are caused by reckless drivers who not only speed but speed while impaired, distracted, weaving, tailgating, navigating sharp curves, or driving in treacherous weather. But speeding alone is more than enough to result in terrible accidents due to:
- Decreased reaction time and greater potential for loss of vehicle control
- Reduced effectiveness of protective equipment (e.g. safety belts, safety bags)
- Increased stopping distance after perceived danger
- Greater impact at collision leading to more crushed metal of vehicles and increased severity of injuries
In many cases, the accident would never have occurred if not for the speeding driver of the other vehicle. It should also be noted that speeding drivers need not be traveling 100 mph in order to cause catastrophic injuries or fatalities. Studies show that driving only 10 to 15 mph over the speed limit increases the likelihood that an accident will occur.
For this reason, the speeding accident attorneys at Cooper Schall & Levy are committed to holding speeding drivers accountable for the injuries they cause to other drivers, passengers, bicyclists, and pedestrians.
Speeding Accident Injuries
Our lawyers are familiar with the broad range of devastating injuries speeding accidents can cause, including:
- Bone fractures
- Neuromuscular problems
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Spinal cord injuries
- Loss of vision or hearing
- Loss of limb
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
If you have suffered one or more of the injuries listed or some other ongoing, painful disability, you are entitled to maximum compensation and Cooper Schall & Levy will fight vigorously to see that you receive it. We will do everything we can to provide you with the resources you and your family need to restabilize and move on.
The Benefits of Contacting Cooper Schall & Levy
Our legal team has in-depth knowledge of federal and state law and a sharp skill set to assist you in navigating the justice system. More than that, we are compassionate human beings who will provide you with the moral support you deserve by:
- Listening carefully to your account of the accident and its aftermath
- Filing all necessary documents in a timely manner
- Investigating and photographing the crash site and the vehicles involved
- Examining police reports and medical data
- Handling all communications with opposing attorneys
- Interviewing witnesses and examining any video footage of the collision
- Checking whether the defendant has a prior record of similar misconduct
- Consulting with experts in related fields (e.g. medical specialists, auto mechanics) who can bolster our case
Most importantly, we will answer your questions, keep you in the loop, and lift the burden of legal and insurance matters so that you can rest and recuperate.
Pennsylvania Laws Relative to Speeding
Like most states, Pennsylvania has strict laws relative to driving speeds. Speed limits are posted, and as you would expect, vary according to areas — lower in school zones, residential areas, urban centers, and construction zones and higher on highways. Drivers are, however, always held responsible for driving at “a reasonable and prudent” speed for current road conditions.
What if you bear some responsibility for the speeding accident?
We all know that in many traffic accidents more than one driver was to blame. States vary in the way they handle this issue. Pennsylvania follows the principle of modified comparative fault.
If, for example, at the time of the collision, the other driver was speeding but you were distracted by a text message, the court will assign a percentage of blame to each of you.
Under the standard of modified comparative fault that Pennsylvania adheres to if your portion of blame is assessed at more than 50 percent, you will receive compensation at all. However, as long as your percentage of blame is 50 percent or under, if you are awarded damages at the verdict, you will receive the awarded amount minus your percentage of fault. So, for example, if the court awards you $100,000 and finds you 10 percent at fault, you will receive $90,000.
Damages Our Speeding Accident Attorneys Will Fight For
You can count on Cooper Schall & Levy to work hard to persuade the court that you have minimal or no-fault for the speeding accident in order to provide you with maximum damages for:
- Medical and rehabilitative costs
- Long-term nursing care
- Lost wages, lost earning power
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent disability or disfigurement
- Loss of ability to enjoy life
- Wrongful death (final medical costs, burial/cremation, funeral, loss of financial and emotional support)
We know that you are facing extraordinary challenges and that those close to you are affected as well, and we will do everything possible to help.
Contact Our Experienced Speeding Accident Attorneys Now
Whether you are recovering from bone fractures, spinal cord or traumatic brain injuries, burns, organ damage, or acute anxiety, you are the victim of someone else’s disregard for your safety. The sooner you contact our empathic lawyers, the sooner we will begin fighting for your financial security and your peace of mind.