Speed is a contributing factor in approximately one out of every three fatal car accidents. Despite this staggering statistic, little has been done to decrease the number of fatal crashes involving speeding. According to a news report in USA Today, there has been little to no success in combating speed-related car crashes nationwide. While non-use of seat belt deaths dropped 23 percent over the past decade, speed-related deaths actually rose by 7 percent. In fact, many states have actually increased speed limits and only two states have increased fines for speeding over the last seven years.
According to Nevada Statute 484.368: “A person shall not drive a vehicle greater than is reasonable or proper, having due regard for the traffic, surface and width of the highway, the weather and other highway conditions.” This means that a person does not have to exceed the posted speed limit to be considered excessively speeding. The speed of your vehicle must reflect the conditions on the roadway, the amount of traffic on the roadway, and the weather conditions. All drivers must do their part to not only stay below the speed limit, but also help prevent accidents by slowing down in adverse conditions.
Victims of speed-related accidents would be well advised to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights are protected. If it is determined that the at-fault driver was speeding, then he or she can be held liable for the resulting medical bills, lost wages, and other related damages suffered by the victim.
The skilled Las Vegas car accident lawyers at Shook & Stone help victims of speed-related accidents get the compensation they need. If a speeding or negligent driver has injured you or a loved one, please call our offices at (888) 662-2013 for a free and comprehensive consultation.