Driving a motor vehicle in Los Angeles or the surrounding area can be a dangerous activity. California’s traffic laws exist to provide essential protection to drivers, passengers, and pedestrians. A driver who knowingly violates these laws may place other people at risk of serious harm. They may also be liable for any accidents their negligent behavior causes.
A prime example of this behavior is speeding. From parking lots to side streets to highways, speed limits attempt to mitigate the risks involved in driving. Even so, many drivers flout these laws trying to save time. Unfortunately, speeding can increase the risk of accidents and the force of impact in car crashes.
If you were hurt in this type of accident, a Los Angeles speeding accident lawyer from Jacoby & Meyers Law Offices may be able to help you pursue compensation from the responsible party. We can identify the at-fault party, measure your losses, and file your insurance claim or lawsuit when we represent you.
Reach out to Jacoby & Meyers Law Offices today at (888) 522-6291 to discuss your case for free with a member of our team.
Speeding Is a Reckless Action that Can Cause Serious Accidents
Getting behind the wheel of a car, truck, or motorcycle enters people into a social contract. In exchange for the ability to use public roads, drivers must not place other people at unnecessary risk of harm. A major part of this responsibility is following the rules of the road.
Speed limits are an example of these rules. However, they are also among the rules that people are most likely to break. According to the California Vehicle Code (VEH) §22350, no driver may operate their vehicle at a speed that is greater than what is reasonable given the current visibility, weather, traffic situation, or road conditions.
A speed limit may be posted by the side of the road, but a ‘reasonable’ speed may be open for interpretation at any given time. For this reason, a police officer may issue a citation even if a driver was not in violation of the posted limits. This may occur during periods of bad weather or other conditions that make driving hazardous.
Speeding Accident Liability
To receive compensation for one’s injuries following a car crash, it is typically necessary to prove that another driver’s actions were the cause of the collision. It may also be necessary to defend one’s own choices.
Courts in California practice a system of comparative fault in car accident cases. This means that the court may examine the actions of all parties present in an accident and assign blame based on their contributions to the incident. Then, their compensation may be adjusted according to their degree of fault.
For example, if a court believes that you were 25% responsible for a crash, they may reduce your award by 25%.
Because of California’s comparative fault system, it is essential to prove how another party’s negligence caused your accident. One way to possibly accomplish this is to determine whether a responding police officer issued a ticket at the scene of the accident. If the ticket ends with a conviction, it may prove that the other driver was at fault.
Even if the other driver did not receive a ticket, it might still be possible to prove that they were responsible for the crash. The legal team at Jacoby & Meyers Law Offices can work to collect evidence of the full extent of the responsible party’s liability for your accident when we represent you.
For a free consultation on your case with a representative of our firm, call Jacoby & Meyers Law Offices today at (888) 522-6291.
You May Deserve Compensation for Your Losses
A driver who is at fault in a car accident case may be financially responsible for the victim’s accident-related medical care. This may include past care and future projected needs.
If a car accident victim requires time away from work to heal from their injuries, they may also be able to collect compensation for their lost wages.
In addition, many crashes affect more than just a person’s physical health. It is not unusual for the emotional aspect of the incident to be just as severe as the physical injuries. If you are experiencing nightmares, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a hesitancy to get back in a car, or other reductions in your quality of life, you may deserve compensation for these damages as well.
A Los Angeles speeding accident lawyer from Jacoby & Meyers Law Offices can help you collect evidence of your damages when we represent you.
The Statute of Limitations in California
California Code of Civil Procedure (CCP) §335.1 is the state’s statute of limitations for personal injury cases. It says that people seeking compensation after an accident generally have two years from the date of an injury to file a personal injury lawsuit.
By waiting longer than this two-year deadline to take legal action, you may put your right to sue at risk. Jacoby & Meyers Law Offices can help you meet the essential deadlines in your case.
Call Jacoby & Meyers Law Offices Today
If another party’s negligence injured you, a Los Angeles speeding accident lawyer from Jacoby & Meyers Law Offices might be able to help you fight for compensation. Allow us to handle the legal work in your case while you focus on your physical and emotional recovery.
Reach out to Jacoby & Meyers Law Offices today at (888) 522-6291 for a free consultation on your case with a member of our team. If you qualify, we can work for you on a contingency-fee-basis. In this arrangement, you do not need to pay us for our legal services unless and until we help you recover compensation.