Any motor vehicle collision can cause injuries, but a victim may suffer particularly serious harm if struck by a speeding vehicle. If you were hit by a driver traveling too fast, you may have been rushed to the hospital in an ambulance and treated for head trauma, broken bones, back and neck injuries, internal bleeding, one or more lost limbs, or paralysis.
You may have spent days, weeks, or even months in the hospital, depending on the severity of your injuries. You may now be undergoing physical or occupational therapy or chiropractic treatment. You may require months of care, and even if things go well, you may not fully recover from your injuries. Doctors may have warned you that your injuries are so severe that it is unlikely that you will be able to walk without assistance and perform many tasks that you used to take for granted.
You may be facing an ever-growing stack of medical bills that you cannot pay. The accident may have left you unable to work, and you may have no idea when or if you will be able to return to your job. You may be unable to perform some critical functions that you used to carry out.
You may be able to work part-time or to perform light duty, or your company may be able to find another job for you in a different department. If none of those is possible, you may have to look for employment in another field, or you may not be able to work at all.
The pain, physical limitations, and financial stress may be causing you to cope with depression and anxiety and worry about what the future will hold.
An Aurora car accident caused by speeding accident lawyer might be able to help you pursue justice. Pintas & Mullins has represented clients across the United States who were injured in motor vehicle crashes and helped them seek compensation for their medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering. Call our office today at (800) 223-5115 to speak with a member of our staff about a free consultation.
Laws on Speeding in Illinois
Illinois statute 625 ILCS 5/11-601 states: “No vehicle may be driven upon any highway of this State at a speed which is greater than is reasonable and proper with regard to traffic conditions and the use of the highway, or endangers the safety of any person or property.” The law states that a driver must slow down when:
- Approaching and crossing an intersection
- Approaching and going around a curve
- Approaching a hillcrest
- Traveling on a narrow or winding roadway
- Driving in an area with a special hazard with respect to pedestrians, traffic, or weather or road conditions
If you or a loved one is recovering from injuries after an accident caused by a speeding driver, give Pintas & Mullins a call today to schedule a free consultation. We can review the specifics in your case and advise you on your legal options.
How an Aurora Car Accident Caused by Speeding Accident Lawyer Can Assist You
The Pintas & Mullins Law Firm team can investigate to learn more about the circumstances that led to the accident and figure out who is liable. We could begin by reviewing the accident report to find out if the other driver received a ticket or a warning from a police officer for driving too fast. We can interview you, anyone in your car when the collision occurred, and any witnesses. If we learn that the other driver was speeding, this information could help us build a case against that individual.
We may be able to sue on the grounds that the other motorist was speeding, even if he or she was not traveling above the posted speed limit. If the other driver was near an intersection or on a narrow or winding road, he or she should have slowed down.
A driver also should have reduced speed and exercised caution if operating a vehicle in rainy or snowy conditions or poor visibility. If the motorist failed to use a level of care appropriate for the circumstances, it might be determined that the person is responsible for the accident.
Our team may file a personal injury lawsuit against the other driver to seek compensation for medical costs you have incurred so far, plus estimated costs for the care you will need. You may also be entitled to a financial award for your lost income and pain and suffering.
An attorney representing the other driver could claim that your actions contributed to the accident. For instance, the other driver may have been traveling too fast, but you may have been distracted by your cell phone. The opposing side’s attorney might argue that the collision could have been avoided if you had been paying attention.
You might be due for a financial award, even if you share some of the blame for the accident. Under Illinois’ comparative negligence law, 735 ILCS 5/2-1107.1, you could be compensated if you were not more than 50 percent responsible for the accident. Your percentage of fault can reduce a financial award that you would have otherwise been entitled to receive.
A member of our staff can explain your options and how Illinois’ comparative negligence statute and other laws could affect your case.
Get in Touch with an Aurora Car Accident Caused by Speeding Accident Lawyer
Pintas & Mullins Law Firm might be able to restore some peace of mind for you and your family if you decide to pursue financial compensation from the driver who caused your accident.
People who have been seriously injured in car crashes sometimes want to take legal action but hesitate to do so because of concerns about legal fees. Pintas & Mullins Law Firm operates on contingency, so you will not have to pay us any money upfront. We will cover costs ourselves, and our firm will only collect a fee if we secure a financial award on your behalf. This can happen by negotiating a settlement with counsel representing the other driver or by prevailing at trial if needed.
You have only two years to file a personal injury lawsuit, according to Illinois’ statute of limitations, which is set by 735 ILCS 5/13-202. The sooner you contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm, the sooner our team can begin working for you. Call our office today at (800) 223-5115 to get started.