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Was speeding the only reason that driver crashed into you?

There are all kinds of reasons for traffic accidents. Some are a combination, such as speeding and bad weather.

Is that what caused the driver in the SUV to T-bone your VW bug?

Reviewing the incident

Let us say that on a day when it was raining hard and visibility was poor, you were looking forward to getting home and relaxing for the evening. You stopped at a light, and when it turned green, you advanced into the intersection. In the next instant, an SUV plowed into the side of your little VW bug. Fortunately, it was the passenger side, but you still sustained injuries.

A little background

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, speeding was responsible for 10,111 traffic fatalities across the nation in 2016, more than a quarter of all such deaths that year. In fact, speeding has been a factor in about one-third of all traffic fatalities in the past two decades.

Looking at consequences

Speeding is a form of aggressive driving that provides a greater opportunity to lose control of a vehicle. Combine excessive speed with the failure to compensate for poor weather conditions and the conclusion is that the SUV driver displayed a conscious disregard for the consequences and put your safety at risk.

More than mere negligence

A thorough investigation will put together information gathered from the crash site, from the police report and from any witnesses who may have been in the area. The extent of damage to both vehicles will also provide clues as to how fast the driver was going upon reaching the intersection. As the victim of a vehicle crash, you have legal options to explore; you are entitled to compensation to cover your medical expenses, loss of income and more. Keep in mind that driver negligence may not be the only consideration here. The case against an at-fault driver escalates when more than one reason exists for the accident.

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