Every driver knows that speeding is dangerous. The Nevada State Highway Patrol says speeding accounts for nearly a third of all traffic fatalities in Nevada and that speed is a contributing factor in all car, truck, and motorcycle accidents that cause serious and fatal injuries. Clark County reported the highest number of fatal speeding-related crashes in Nevada from 2015 to 2019.
A speeding driver endangers everyone on the road. If you have been injured or lost a family member in a car accident caused by a speeding driver in Nevada, the car accident lawyers of Sam & Ash, LLP can help you pursue compensation for your medical bills and other losses. We’ll start by reviewing your claim at no cost and discussing how we may assist you.
Don’t wait to get legal advice after being injured in a car crash. Turn to a trusted Las Vegas speeding accident lawyer at Sam & Ash for help. Call or contact us online today. After an accident someone else caused, you deserve What’s Right.
Nevada Laws About Speeding
Nevada’s basic rule about speeding makes it illegal to drive:
- At an unreasonable speed when considering traffic, the surface and width of the highway, weather, and other highway conditions
- At a speed that could cause injury, death, or property damage
- At a speed greater than the posted speed limit
- At a speed of greater than 80 miles per hour.
Fines levied for a speeding ticket vary from county to county and city to city throughout Nevada. By law, a ticket can cost up to $20 for each mile per hour above the posted speed limit that the ticketed driver was traveling or the speed the driver should have been traveling.
In Las Vegas, a basic speeding ticket costs the driver $208 ($113 plus court costs). Speeding fines are automatically doubled if speeding occurs in a work zone, school zone, or pedestrian safety zone. Drivers also face a fine of up to $1,000 if they cause property damage or injuries while speeding or exceeding a safe speed.
A driver who is charged with speeding or driving too fast for conditions may face prosecution. But if you were seriously injured by a driver who was speeding, you will need to file a separate civil lawsuit holding the driver accountable for your financial losses.
Who Causes Speeding Accidents on Nevada Highways?
The Nevada Department of Public Safety says in its 2021 report that from 2015 to 2019, a total of 453 fatal speeding-related crashes occurred on Nevada roadways and caused 512 deaths. Of these fatal accidents related to speeding, 329 (72.6%) occurred in Clark County.
Seventy percent of fatal speeding crashes occurred on urban roadways.
Male drivers ages 26 to 30 years old accounted for a third of drivers identified as at fault in fatal speeding crashes in Nevada from 2015 to 2019. Male drivers of all ages make up the vast majority of all drivers identified as at fault in speeding-related fatalities (82%).
Fatal speeding accidents were more likely to happen between 6 p.m. and midnight and more than half occurred on weekends (Friday to Sunday).
Fatal speeding crashes occurred as:
- Single vehicles hitting fixed objects (30%)
- Angle collisions (e.g., T-bone crashes) with another vehicle (21%)
- Single-vehicle rollovers (15%)
- Rear-end collisions (14%)
- Collisions with pedestrians or nonmotorized vehicles such as bicycles, wheelchairs, and skateboards (8%)
- Head-on collisions (5%)
- Sideswipes/while passing (3%)
- Other/unknown (2%)
Keep in mind that, in single-vehicle fatalities, any surviving passenger who was injured has the right to seek compensation for their losses through the late driver’s insurance coverage.
How Much Is My Speeding Accident Claim Worth?
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the organization that conducts crash tests, explains that increasing speeds increase the risk of crashes and the severity of crash injuries in four basic ways:
- Higher speed increases the distance a vehicle travels between the driver’s recognition of an impending hazard and when the driver reacts.
- As speed increases, the distance required for the vehicle to stop after the driver applies the brakes gets longer.
- Speed increases the risk that an evasive steering maneuver will result in loss of control of the vehicle.
- As speed increases, it exponentially increases the violent forces expended by the impact of a crash. For example, when impact speed increases from 40 to 60 mph (a 50% increase), the energy transferred upon impact increases by 125%.
At high speeds, the force of impact in a crash can be so severe that the structure of the vehicle collapses into the passenger compartment instead of protecting the driver and passengers. At very high speeds, airbags and safety belts cannot protect occupants from impacts causing severe injury, the IIHS says.
People injured in car accidents caused by speeding can face thousands of dollars of medical bills and lengthy recoveries during which they are unable to work and earn income. In a fatal speeding accident, families may lose their primary breadwinner and face expenses related to their loved one’s injury and death.
Our attorneys may be able to help those harmed in speeding accidents seek compensation for:
- Medical costs. This includes emergency care, diagnostic tests, hospitalization, surgery, medication, rehab, and other costs of treating your injuries. In a wrongful death claim, the cost of any medical care administered before death may be recovered.
- Future medical needs. Some serious injuries require ongoing medical care or delayed treatment. In cases of disabling injury, such as paralysis, we consult life care planning experts to project ongoing costs.
- Lost income. An injury claim may seek compensation for the income you lost while you could not work and for diminished earnings if your injuries require you to take a lower-paying job. You may also seek compensation for the lost wages a deceased loved one would have contributed to their family’s well-being.
- Property damage. This is typically the cost of repairing or replacing a motor vehicle.
- Pain and suffering. Nevada law allows the unjustly injured to seek compensation for physical pain, physical impairment, disfigurement, inconvenience, and general loss of enjoyment of life.
- Emotional distress. A claim may seek compensation for anxiety, depression, insomnia, or other psychological pain, including the loss of companionship of a loved one. Payment for the cost of counseling you need to help deal with the aftermath of the accident may be available, as well.
- Final expenses. In a wrongful death, the family may claim compensation for reasonable funeral and burial expenses.
After a speeding accident, reach out to Sam & Ash for a free review of your claim as soon as you are able. Be wary of insurance adjusters who try to close your car accident claim as quickly and as cheaply as possible. Our attorneys will listen to you and explain what compensation may be available to you.
How a Speeding Driving Accident Lawyer Can Help You
If you have been injured in a car accident caused by another driver’s excessive speed, Sam & Ash, LLP can seek compensation for you while you focus on recovering from your injuries.
Our lawyers are ready to:
- Manage all the paperwork, legal forms, and communication required to file a speeding accident claim.
- Gather evidence that demonstrates how the accident happened, who caused it, how it left you injured, and the suffering your injuries have caused you.
- Calculate the full extent of your costs and losses due to the accident and issue a demand for compensation from the responsible insurance company.
- Negotiate with insurers for full payment to you.
- Move forward with a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit if the insurance company representing the speeding driver will not agree to an appropriate settlement.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a speed-related car accident in Nevada, speak to an attorney from Sam & Ash. There are never any out-of-pocket costs for you when you are a Sam & Ash client. You only pay a legal fee if we recover money for you.
Speak with Our Las Vegas Speeding Car Accident Attorneys
Contact our experienced car accident lawyers in Las Vegas as soon as possible after being injured or losing a loved one in a crash caused by speeding. The attorneys at Sam & Ash, LLP have worked with hundreds of car accident victims just like you. We are down-to-earth attorneys who listen and care and want the best results possible for you.
You’ll need experienced and tough-minded injury lawyers in your corner to obtain the compensation you deserve. At Sam & Ash, we want to help you in every way we can. We are ready to fight for What’s Right. Contact us today!