Driving at excessive speeds not only leaves a driver at risk of getting a speeding ticket, but it can also place all other vehicles on the road at risk of an accident. Speeding reduces the time a driver has to react to unexpected circumstances and therefore increases the likelihood of a crash. If a person driving at excessive speeds collides with another vehicle, motorcyclist, bicyclist, or pedestrian, the results can be catastrophic or even fatal.
If you were injured in a car accident caused by a speeding driver, you might have a personal injury claim, in which case a car accident lawyer in St. Louis may be able to help.
Call us today if you’ve been injured in a speeding accident and need legal representation. Reach us toll-free at (1-800) 685-3302 or locally at (314) 276-1681.
What Missouri Laws Say
Missouri law requires that people operate their motor vehicle in a careful and prudent manner, at a rate of speed, so as not to endanger the property of another or the life or limb of any person. In addition, drivers must exercise the highest degree of care (Missouri. § 304.012.1). Speed limits are chosen based on research determining the safest speeds for a particular roadway.
Missouri has an absolute speed limit law. This means that if a person is driving even one mile an hour over the posted speed limit, that person is breaking the law. Missouri speed limits are as follows with areas of exception such as road construction and maintenance areas:
- 70 MPH on rural interstate and freeways
- 65 MPH on rural expressways
- 60 MPH on urban interstate highways, expressways, and freeways
- 60 MPH on other roads (except State 2 lane lettered roads) not located in an urban area
- 55 MPH on State 2 lane lettered roads
People who drive at excessive speeds are not providing the highest degree of care to others on the road, nor are they operating their motor vehicles in a manner that would prevent an accident.
This type of negligence can often lead to unnecessary financial burdens for those who are injured because of such conduct. A St. Louis car accident attorney from The Cagle Law Firm can help you prove negligence on the part of the other driver in order to obtain compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Why Do Drivers Speed?
Speeding can be one example of reckless driving that puts lives at risk. Given that, you might wonder why people speed at all. Here are some of the reasons we seem to be stuck with speeders on the roads of America:
- Growing traffic numbers make the roads more congested, and with that congestion comes slower commutes. Slow traffic can make drivers edgy, and some may begin speeding as a result.
- Drivers may feel they can get away with more when they’re driving. Cars appear to protect drivers from the rest of the world. Therefore, aggressive behavior becomes more acceptable to them.
- Some drivers simply make speeding and other reckless driving behaviors their normal habits.
Proving Negligence in Your Missouri Speeding Accident
When needed, we have the resources to utilize an expert accident reconstructionist to investigate the scene of your accident. This expert can perform situational analysis, measure skid marks, and review damage to the vehicles involved as well as any other objects at the scene that can be used as evidence to prove the cause of your accident. Accident reconstructions are only completed by law enforcement when a fatality occurs. Our firm utilizes accident reconstruction when necessary and timely. Timeliness means that reconstructions are only done within a certain time frame as the physical conditions of a scene can change greatly due to season and weather.
We may also review any and all police records and speak with the officers present at the scene of your accident. We may also interview any witnesses who may be able to give insight into the speed at which the other car was driving. Further, we can sometimes review footage from traffic cameras and security cameras that may have caught the speeding driver on tape. Most of us tend to believe that everything we do is recorded. Again, timelines are key as businesses do not keep videotape for more than a few days. Thus, hiring an attorney immediately is crucial in recovering needed evidence.
Hire a Speeding Accident Lawyer in St. Louis to Help
It is tremendously unfair to have to suffer an injury due to the negligence of another. If you’ve been injured as a result of a speeding driver, contact a speeding accident lawyer at The Cagle Law Firm in St. Louis at (314) 276-1681. Our personal injury lawyers are here to help you.
You can contact The Cagle Law Firm today to schedule your free consultation with us. Call us toll-free at (1-800) 685-3302 or locally at (314) 276-1681.