Speeding accidents are one of the primary causes of injuries and fatalities in California. All too often, drivers are not considerate of others while on the road in their haste to reach their destinations. They focus on what the consequences will be for themselves for arriving late, instead of paying attention to what is going on around them while they are driving.
Shockingly, there are even drivers who believe that they are above the law. They exceed the speed limit regularly without even considering whether they might cause an accident. Regardless of the reason for speeding, these drivers have no right to put others on the road at risk, especially when accidents caused by speeding are entirely preventable.
If you or a loved one is the victim in a car accident involving a speeding driver, you should contact a Los Angeles speeding accident attorney right away.What Are the Laws Regarding Speeding in California?
In California, it is illegal for a person to drive faster than what is considered to be reasonable or prudent given the current conditions including the weather, visibility, traffic, surface and width of the road. Vehicle Code 22350 VC is the California code that governs speeding.
A driver is in violation of Vehicle Code 22350 VC if the driver drives faster than:
- 70 miles per hour on freeways that have been designated for that speed;
- 65 miles per hour on other freeways and highways that are not marked for 70 miles per hour;
- 55 miles per hour on two-lane, undivided highways (unless the highway has been marked for a higher speed).
If the driver fails to abide by these absolute speed limits, then the driver is automatically considered as a speeding driver and has therefore violated the law.
Furthermore, Vehicle Code 22362 makes it illegal to speed while driving through a construction zone. Finally, California imposes a DUI "sentencing enhancement" if a driver is found to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol while speeding. The enhancement adds a minimum of 60 days in jail in addition to the driver's DUI sentence if it can be demonstrated that the driver drove 20 to 30 miles per hour over the speed limit and drove recklessly.
While a driver may receive speeding tickets, points on their driving record or a driver’s license suspension, in the case of an accident a driver may be charged with negligence if the speeding can be proven as the cause of the car accident. An experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer can help you pursue a civil claim against the driver in addition to any criminal charges filed against the driver.California Speeding Accident Victims Have Options
Accidents that involve speeding are some of the most serious vehicle accidents that occur in California. They often lead to serious injuries, especially neck or spine injuries, property damage, and fatalities. By contacting a Los Angeles speeding accident attorney, you may find that you are eligible for multiple forms of compensation, including pain and suffering, lost previous wages, future income loss, and much more.
At Bridgewater Law Group, we represent car accident victims from all over Los Angeles. An experienced Los Angeles speeding attorney will determine the cause of your accident, compile evidence, and develop a case that demonstrates why the speeding driver is responsible for your injuries in order to obtain the maximum financial compensation you deserve. We will consider a full range of issues when determining what damages to seek from the driver.
In addition, you should be aware that the insurance companies do not have your best interests in mind and even have an incentive to significantly underestimate the value of the damages potentially owed to you. Our experienced Los Angeles accident law firm will fight for your interests to ensure that the driver is held liable while obtaining the maximum amount in financial compensation that you deserve.Contact Bridgewater Law Group for Your Free Consultation
Bridgewater Law Group is well-known for its successful representation of speeding accident victims. Furthermore, you will not pay a fee unless we are able to obtain financial compensation for your damages. We promise to handle every aspect of your claim while ensuring that you will always know what is happening throughout your case.
Even if your speeding accident claim is still well within the statute of limitations, it is important that you seek legal counsel as soon as possible. To have a Los Angeles car accident attorney review your case, contact us today at (833) 292-8375 to schedule your free consultation.