Champaign Speeding Accidents
The city of Champaign is part of the Champaign-Urbana urbanized area. Serious crashes and traffic fatalities and severe crashes have occurred primarily on major corridors of the city. In 2013, the city was the site of 1,463 crashes. If you were injured by a reckless driver, call the seasoned Champaign speeding accident lawyers of Katz, Friedman, Eisenstein, Johnson, Bareck & Bertuca. With more than 60 years of experience seeking best outcomes for accident victims, we are dedicated to the well-being of our clients after they suffer catastrophic injuries. We also handle SSDI and disability claims.
While the number of crashes in the area have gradually declined about 10% from 2009 to 2013 and the number of traffic crash injuries similarly declined, traffic accidents do still occur, and one common reason for that is speeding: many drivers fail to obey posted speed limits. By ignoring these limits, drivers act recklessly and put everyone on the road, from other drivers to pedestrians, at risk. Thousands of traffic fatalities occur every year due to speed-related collisions and crashes.Champaign Speeding Accidents
Speeding accidents can occur because a motorist is traveling too fast to keep control of the vehicle. Additionally, crashes may occur because the speeding driver fails to keep a safe distance from the car in front of him or weaves while speeding. Many drivers who violate posted speed limits can be held responsible in civil court for damages incurred by those that they injured.
When retained, our attorneys typically need to establish that the speeding driver’s negligence caused injuries. This means we’ll need to prove: (1) the defendant owed you a duty of reasonable care, (2) breach of the duty of reasonable care, (3) causation, and (4) actual damages. A jury is likely to find that a defendant breached the duty of reasonable care when he or she speeds. Our lawyers can recover damages on your behalf if there is a causal link between the defendant’s speeding and the accident that resulted in injuries.
All drivers are expected to try to avoid accidents by driving only at reasonable speeds given the circumstances. They are not allowed to drive at a speed that endangers persons or property. One of the most common traffic tickets issued by police officers after traffic accidents are for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. When a driver is cited for speeding or failure to reduce speed and you were injured as a result of speeding, the citation can be evidence of negligence that our lawyers use to build your case for damages.Damages
When we are able to establish liability, we may be able to recover compensatory damages. These are damages intended to make up for tangible and intangible losses arising out of an accident caused by another. We can’t recover damages for speculative or imagined losses. However, we can obtain economic and noneconomic damages to address those losses you sustained that we can prove with sufficient certainty.
Often defendants’ insurers call accident victims. They may seem friendly or personable, but it’s important not to talk to them about the speeding accident without first consulting with a lawyer. Keep in mind the defendant’s insurer is not on your side. He or she may be trying to obtain an admission of fault that could later be used to deny you damages. Under the doctrine of comparative negligence, your damages can be reduced by an amount proportionate to your degree of fault.Seek Representation from a Champaign Speeding Accident Lawyer
It is important to have a trusted Champaign speeding accident lawyer by your side to achieve the best outcome possible after suffering injuries in a collision or crash. After getting injured in a speeding accident, be sure to preserve anything that could be evidence: documentation, debris, and photographs of the accident. Call Katz, Friedman, Eisenstein, Johnson, Bareck & Bertuca. We have more than 60 years of experience advocating for accident victims, and we also handle SSDI and workers’ compensation claims.