Injured by Speeding Drivers in Atlanta
If you think speeding is just something harmless that drivers do in order to reach their destination faster, think again. Speeding is dangerous and deadly, accounting for 26 percent of the fatalities on U.S. roadways in 2017. If you were injured by a speeding driver in Atlanta, here is some vital information you should know.
Why Speeding Is so Dangerous
About one-third of all traffic-related fatalities in the past two decades in the United States have involved a speeding driver, according to information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Speeding is defined not only as driving over the posted speed limit, but also as driving too fast for the conditions of the road, including weather and traffic conditions. Speeding causes a number of consequences for drivers and others on the road, including:
- A greater potential for loss of vehicle control.
- A reduction in the effectiveness of occupant protection equipment, such as seat belts and airbags.
- An increase in the amount of time that it takes the driver to come to a safe stop after perceiving a roadway hazard.
- An increase in crash severity, resulting in more severe injuries to the driver and others.
As noted by the teen peer-to-peer safety program, Teens in the Driver Seat, if a driver doubled his or her speed from 30 miles per hour to 60 miles per hour, the distance it takes to stop the vehicle doesn’t double. It quadruples. A car traveling at 55 miles per hour will need about six seconds to stop the vehicle. In that time, the vehicle will have traveled the length of a football field. During inclement weather, when the roads are wet, it takes even longer to come to a safe stop, and poor visibility due to rain or at nighttime makes it harder to see dangers ahead, meaning that drivers have less time to react to hazards up ahead.
Who Is Most Likely to Speed?
While any driver is capable of driving too fast, there are some groups of people who are more prone to speeding than others. According to a 2019 report from the NHTSA, based on 2017 data:
- 31 percent of male drivers and 18 percent of female drivers in the 15- to 20-year-old age group who were involved in fatal crashes in 2017 were speeding at the time of the crash. This was the highest percentage for any age group.
- 32 percent of all motorcyclists involved in fatal crashes were speeding, more than drivers of any other vehicle type.
- 37 percent of all speeding drivers who were involved in fatal crashes were alcohol impaired at the time of the crash. Among alcohol impaired drivers, the most likely age to be involved in a speeding-related fatal crash was 25 to 34.
- 26 percent of all speeding drivers involved in fatal crashes did not have a valid driver’s license at the time of the crash, 26 percent had a previous speeding conviction, and 21 percent had a previously recorded crash.
- Drivers are more likely to speed on weekends, with nighttime hours on the weekend being the most deadly time for crashes involving speeders.
Georgia Laws Relating to Speeding
Speeding-related violations result in points against the driver’s license, with most convictions resulting in two to six points. If the driver receives 15 points against his or her license in a 24-month time-frame, the driver’s license will be suspended. Here are some other highlights from Georgia’s speeding law:
- Speeding convictions for driving 15 miles per hour or less over the posted limit will not be assessed points, nor will most convictions for driving too fast for conditions. Points are not assessed for non-residents of Georgia either.
- Speeding 15 to 18 miles over the speed limit results in two points against the driver’s license.
- Speeding 19 to 23 over is three points off the license.
- Driving 24 to 33 over the limit results in four points off the license.
- Driving 34 miles or more over the posted speed limit equals six points off the license. Six points are also assessed against those convicted of aggressive driving.
- Georgia residents are able to request a reduction in points against their license once every five years, with a maximum reduction of seven points. In order to be eligible for the points reduction, drivers must take a certified driver improvement course and present the certificate by mail or in person at one of the Department of Driver Services customer service centers.
Georgia is an at-fault state, which is also known as a tort liability state. What this means is that if you are injured in an accident due to a speeding driver, you may seek compensation for your damages through a third-party claim with the at-fault party’s insurance carrier. If the insurance carrier denies your claim or fails to offer you a reasonable settlement, you may file a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault party’s insurance in order to attempt to recover your damages. Here are some highlights of the personal injury lawsuit process:
- The statute of limitations to file a personal injury lawsuit is two years from the date of your accident. If you wait longer than two years to file, the court will likely not hear your case.
- Georgia follows a modified comparative fault rule, enabling you to file a lawsuit even if you are partly at fault for the accident. However, any settlement or award you receive will be reduced by the percentage of your fault. For example, if you were found to be 10 percent responsible for the accident and your award was $100,000, it would be reduced by $10,000 to account for your liability.
If a Speeding Driver Injured You in Atlanta, Call Hasner Law Now
Recovering from injuries that were caused by negligence such as speeding is a difficult enough endeavor without simultaneously trying to negotiate with an insurance company or learn personal injury law in order to represent yourself properly in court. A trusted Atlanta attorney can help you to negotiate a settlement or pursue compensation through the court, and ensure you need not recover from an auto accident without the proper support.
Contact Hasner Law at 678-888-HURT (4878) or through our online contact form today to learn more about what we can do to protect you in the wake of an Atlanta accident caused by a speeding driver.