Dallas Speeding Lawyer
Most Dallas drivers would probably say they have traveled above the speed limit at some point. Everyone makes mistakes, but some drivers speed daily, endangering other innocent drivers in the process. If someone else’s speeding caused your accident, contact a Dallas speeding lawyer as soon as possible.
Our Dallas car and truck accident lawyers can help you hold the at-fault driver accountable for their speeding and negligence. Most importantly, we know how to build a strong insurance claim to pursue compensation for your damages. You should not foot the bill for someone else’s speeding habits.
Contact us today, and we’ll get you started with a FREE consultation. We do not charge a fee unless we win your case, so there is no risk. Call (214) 305-8277 or contact us online to get your FREE consultation.
Texas Speeding Laws
The state of Texas has two types of speeding laws for drivers to understand and follow:
- The basic speeding law
- Prima facie speeding limits
Under the basic speeding law, drivers should drive at a speed that is safe for current road conditions. Drivers should follow posted speed limits unless road conditions, such as inclement weather, require an adjusted speed.
Prima facie speed limits are default limits based on the type of Texas road. For example, the prima facie speed limit is 70 miles per hour for highways, 15 miles per hour for alleys, and 30 miles per hour for residential streets. Texas Transportation Code Section 545.352 covers all of the Texas prima facie speed limits.
Every driver must operate their vehicle at speeds that are reasonable and prudent based on the current conditions and location. This responsibility includes not driving recklessly or colliding with other cars on the road. Failing to follow these laws is a type of negligence.
Truck Accidents and Speeding in Dallas
Large trucks like semi-trucks should be especially careful about their speed on Dallas roads. Speeding can cause a truck driver to lose control of their vehicle and cause a collision. When a truck is involved in a crash, the damages are usually incredibly severe.
If a speeding truck driver caused your accident (or a loved one died from this type of accident), you should not have to cover the costs. Talk to a Dallas speeding lawyer about seeking the financial recovery you deserve today. To get a FREE consultation, call our Dallas law firm at (214) 305-8277 or contact us online.
Why Speeding Is Such a Problem in Dallas
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 26% of traffic deaths were speeding-related in 2017. Speeding has been a factor in about one-third of all accident fatalities for the past 20 years.
The consequences of speeding include:
- A higher risk of losing vehicle control
- An increased stopping distance
- Potentially more severe accident injuries and damages
- Less-effective vehicle safety features
Trucks and other large commercial vehicles need a much longer distance to slow down and stop. If a truck driver is speeding, they are less able to respond quickly to potential hazards on the road and avoid an accident. Speeding is negligent behavior for any driver, and the higher the speed, the greater chance of life-threatening injuries.
What to Consider When Filing Your Speeding Accident Claim
If you did not cause your accident, you have the legal right to pursue compensation through a personal injury claim. Here are some topics to consider for building and filing your claim.
Fault and Negligence
Negligence is a form of carelessness. When a driver is negligent, it means they are acting in a way that can harm others. Besides speeding, other types of negligence while driving include:
- Texting while driving
- Drunk driving
- Road rage
- Failing to follow traffic signs or signals
If you are bringing a personal injury claim, you cannot pursue damages if you are greater than 50% at fault for the accident. Otherwise, you have the right to seek compensation.
Texas uses a proportionate responsibility system for injury claims. If you are partially at fault for the accident but not over 50% at fault, the insurance company or courts will reduce your compensation by your percentage of fault.
Even if you think you might be partly at fault for your accident, talk to an experienced lawyer before admitting any responsibility or blame. There’s a good chance the speeding driver is entirely at fault, which means you might be entitled to full compensation for your damages.
In most personal injury cases, you can claim economic and non-economic damages. However, you can also claim exemplary damages in some situations.
Exemplary damages are designed to punish the wrongdoer, and they apply to cases involving flagrant or malicious behavior. Speeding is often a factor in drunk driving cases, for example. Drunk driving is reckless behavior where the driver is not considering the well-being of others on the road. Talk to your lawyer about whether you’re entitled to exemplary damages in your case.
Statute of Limitations
Keep in mind the deadline for filing an injury claim after a speeding-related accident. In Texas, you typically have two years from the date of the accident to present your case. This time goes by quickly, so don’t wait to reach out to a Dallas speeding lawyer for help.
Your lawyer can immediately help you gather evidence from the accident, compile proof of the at-fault driver’s negligence, and work to determine the full value of your damages. If the insurance company is not cooperative and denies your claim or tries to offer you a lowball settlement, your lawyer will negotiate with them.
Get Help From a Dallas Speeding Truck Accident Lawyer — Starting with a Free Consultation
If a speeding driver caused your accident and injuries, don’t wait to get the help you deserve. Our Dallas speeding lawyers know what it takes to win, and we are dedicated to fighting for your rights.
To make the process risk-free for you, we will not charge you a fee unless we’re able to win you compensation. There are no upfront costs or fees to get started. To learn more during a FREE consultation, call us today at (214) 305-8277 or reach out online.