Dallas Car Accident Caused by Exceeding Posted Speed Limits Lawyer
Texas contains speed limits to protect everyone on the roads. In Dallas, if someone caused an accident by speeding and you were injured, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages. A Dallas exceeding posted speed limits lawyer can help you pursue that compensation and more.
Be sure to work with a legal professional who has experience working on these types of cases. Our Dallas car accident lawyers specialize in car accident claims involving speeding and other traffic violations. We can help you build a strong insurance claim and fight for your right to the fullest recovery possible
Our lawyers will not charge you a fee unless we win you a settlement, and the consultation is 100% FREE. We’re careful to keep each client updated on their case, and we’ll even come to you if you don’t have transportation. To learn more and get your FREE consultation, call us at (214) 305-8277 or contact us online today.
Speed Limit Laws in Dallas
All drivers in Texas have a duty of care to drive safely and not cause harm to others on the road. The duty of care includes obeying speed limit laws like the following.
Basic Speeding Laws
Texas law prohibits drivers from driving “at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the circumstances then existing” (Texas Transportation Code Section 545.351). The driver should always take into account any actual or potential hazards and other drivers nearby.
Basically, Texas drivers are required to drive at a safe speed depending on the current circumstances where they are driving. Even if the posted speed limit is higher than what’s currently safe, the driver should slow down to prevent potential harm or danger.
Absolute Speed Limits
It might surprise many people to know that Texas does not have absolute speed limits like other states. For example, in a state with absolute speed limits, a posted limit of 50 miles per hour would be set at that speed limit. If a driver goes above that speed limit, they have broken the law. In Texas, it’s a little different.
Texas uses what’s called “prima facie” speed limits as covered under Texas Transportation Code Section 545.352. The most important fact under prima facie is whether or not the driver’s speed is safe for the current conditions. If a driver goes above a posted speed limit, they can get cited but it doesn’t necessarily mean they are guilty.
The posted prima facie speed limits in Texas are:
- 15 miles per hour in an alley
- 15 miles per hour on a beach or on a county road adjacent to a beach
- 30 miles per hour in an urban district on a street that is not an alley
- 50 miles per hour for school buses that have not passed inspections or are on a highway not numbered by the state or the United States
- 60 miles per hour on a highway not numbered by the state or the United States and outside of an urban district
- 60 miles per hour for school buses that have passed inspections and are on highways numbered by Texas or the United States
- 70 miles per hour on a state- or United States-numbered highway outside of an urban district
It is easier for a driver to argue that they were not guilty after going above a prima facie speed limit in Texas. So, if you were injured in an accident caused by a speeding driver, you’ll want to get a lawyer on your side to help show that the other driver was at fault.
Speeding Violations and Penalties in Texas
If a driver gets convicted of speeding, they will typically face a fine and court costs. These total costs usually range between $130 and $300, although it depends on the area and how much the driver was speeding.
Drivers convicted of speeding can also face:
- Two or more points on their driving record
- Up to 30 days in jail and/or up to $200 in fines if convicted of reckless driving for speeding
- Prison time and thousands of dollars in fines if convicted of vehicular manslaughter or homicide after a death caused by speeding
As you can see, penalties can rack up quickly if a driver’s speeding leads to serious injuries or death. If a driver’s negligence leads to any damages, they should be held responsible. If you were the victim of this type of accident, a Dallas exceeding posted speed limits lawyer can help you bring a case to seek the compensation you deserve.
Why Exceeding the Posted Speed Limit Is So Dangerous
Speeding can lead to serious accidents, injuries, and even death because it can impact:
- Reaction time
- Steering control
- Effectiveness of protective equipment
- The risk of rollovers
Although most people know speeding is a dangerous action, too many drivers choose to exceed the speed limits every day — and many of them end up causing accidents that harm others.
Your Legal Options After Being Injured in a Speeding Accident
In Texas, if another driver’s actions caused your accident and injuries, you have the right to seek financial recovery for your damages. You’ll need to file a personal injury claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company showing that:
- The driver owed you a duty of care.
- That duty of care was breached.
- The breached duty caused your accident.
- You suffered injuries and other damages as a result of your accident.
A Dallas lawyer can help you demonstrate each of these points. If you are worried about being partially at fault for the accident, you likely still have options. Under Texas’s proportionate responsibility law, you can still recover compensation unless you were more than 50% at fault for the accident.
Before assuming your percentage of fault, speak with an experienced attorney. They can make sure you are not unfairly blamed for any part of the accident that was not your fault while protecting your legal rights.
Speak with a Dallas Exceeding Posted Speed Limits Lawyer for Free Today
If you were injured because another driver exceeded posted speed limits or was going too fast for the conditions at the time, don’t wait to get the help you deserve. Our Dallas car accident lawyers are here to help — starting with a FREE consultation. To schedule your FREE, no-obligation consultation, call us at (214) 305-8277 or contact us online today.