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Speeding might seem commonplace on Oklahoma roads and highway, but that doesn’t make it safe. In fact, speeding is one of the main causes of accidents. Excessive speeding can put people on the road in danger. When speeding drivers cause collisions, these accidents often result in severe injuries and even fatalities.
If you or a loved one was injured in a car accident caused by a speeding driver, make sure you take your crash seriously right from the start. Make sure you talk to a lawyer you can trust who will fight for your rights. Make sure you make an appointment with our law firm.
Lawter & Associates, PLLC has been helping Oklahomans injured by speeding drivers for more than 40 years. If you’ve been hurt, we’re here to move your case forward and protect your legal rights. Schedule your free consultation today. One of our experienced attorneys can help you every step of the way.
How does speeding cause accidents?
Speed limits exist for a reason. When people drive too fast, they often don’t have enough time to slow down and avoid crashing into another vehicle. In addition, speeding drivers often cause more severe accidents since the force of their vehicle is greater when they crash into another car. That might explain why speeding remains one of the leading causes of fatal accidents in Oklahoma.
Speeding can cause all types of car accidents from head-on collisions to rear-end accidents. These accidents are especially common on Oklahoma’s highways. The maximum speed limit on certain highways in Oklahoma is 80 miles per hour. When drivers exceed speed limits, such high speed accidents often result in severe injuries or fatalities.
However, you don’t have to be a highway to be involved in a high-speed crash. Rural roads experience many speeding accidents. In addition, these accidents often occur at intersections in busy cities like Tulsa or Oklahoma City, particularly in head-on collisions. Wherever your accident took place, make sure you get the medical care and legal advice you need right away. Go straight to your doctor or the nearest hospital. Then make an appointment with our law firm.
Why do people speed?
Speeding is a common issue on roadways, posing a significant risk to both drivers and pedestrians. Although dangerous, speeding is common, and many factors contribute to why people choose to exceed speed limits. People in Oklahoma may engage in speeding for any of the following reasons:
- Being in a rush or feeling pressed for time.
- Dealing with traffic congestion, leading to impatience and a desire to speed up.
- Ignoring or disregarding traffic laws and regulations.
- Seeking thrills or excitement by driving at high speeds.
- Being familiar with the route and feeling more comfortable taking risks.
- Giving in to road rage, which can result in aggressive driving and excessive speeding.
- Facing social pressure to drive fast and keep up with others on the road.
- Overconfidence in one's driving abilities, leading to a disregard for speed limits and safety.
- Showing a lack of concern or the wellbeing of other road users.
How to prove someone was speeding in Oklahoma
In Oklahoma, proving that someone was speeding requires gathering relevant evidence to support your claim. Here are steps and factors that your attorney can use to help establish that the other driver was speeding:
- Gather eyewitness testimonies: If there were any witnesses to the incident, their accounts can be valuable in establishing that the driver was speeding. Obtain contact information from witnesses so your lawyer can follow up with them later.
- Capture visual evidence: If possible, take photographs or videos of the accident scene, including any skid marks, vehicle positions, and road conditions. This visual evidence can help experts reconstruct the accident and demonstrate the excessive speed of the other driver.
- Obtain the police report: Contact the law enforcement agency that responded to the accident and request a copy of the police report. The report may include crucial information such as the officer's observations, any citations issued, and their assessment of the speed involved.
- Seek expert opinions: Consult with accident reconstruction experts who can analyze the available evidence and provide an expert opinion on the speed at which the other driver was traveling. Their expertise can be instrumental in establishing the negligence of the speeding driver. A speeding accident attorney can find such experts.
- Video footage: If available, utilize footage from traffic cameras, dashcams, or surveillance cameras from nearby businesses or residences that may have captured the incident. This evidence can provide objective proof of the speeding driver's actions. But video footage is often erased quickly, so your lawyer has to act fast to secure it.
What makes high speed crashes so complicated?
Speeding accidents might seem straightforward. Another driver clearly caused your collision. What makes such cases so complicated? Unfortunately, many different things in many different cases.
Depending on the circumstances of your crash, you may be faced with a wide range of complex legal issues. Insurance companies might fight you tooth and nail to protect their bottom line, putting their best lawyers and adjusters on the case. That’s because many speeding accidents result in significant injury claims which can quickly add up to tens of thousands of dollars or even much more.
Gathering evidence in these cases can also often be very challenging. In highway accidents in particular, evidence can disappear quickly. Eyewitnesses can be difficult to locate or have trouble remembering what they saw. Many high-speed crashes in Oklahoma involve out-of-state drivers or multiple vehicles, including commercial truck drivers. That’s why you need an attorney with experience who can investigate your crash and find the facts that matter.
We’re the law firm you can trust to build a strong case
When we handle an injury claim arising from a speeding accident, we go right to work. We’ll investigate the crash scene, review documents, interview witnesses and pore over the accident report to get as much information as possible. We’ll also start dealing with the insurance company on your behalf to protect your legal rights while you focus on what really matters – getting better.
Remember, the sooner you get an attorney involved in your case, the better. We’ll go to work to make sure your rights are protected and fight for the maximum compensation you are entitled to receive by law. Contact an experienced Oklahoma attorney after your car accident. Give us a call or fill out our free consultation form online.