Speeding Accident Lawyers Serving Spartanburg and Greenville, S.C.
If you have been involved in a car accident in Spartanburg, Greenville or elsewhere in Upstate South Carolina, the at-fault driver’s speeding may well have played a role. Of the 50,009 total traffic-related injuries in South Carolina in a recent year, speeding contributed to 15,462 – or about 31 percent.
The lawyers of Harrison, White, Smith & Coggins, P.C., can determine whether a driver’s excessive speed caused an accident that has injured you or someone close to you. Our firm brings decades of collective legal knowledge and experience to each auto accident case that we handle. We will seek just compensation for you through a settlement or verdict. Contact us today to discuss your case in a free consultation.
How Does Speeding Cause Accidents in Upstate South Carolina?
Speeding causes accidents because it reduces a driver’s reaction time, extends stopping distance and keeps a driver from being able to control his or her vehicle. For every 10 mph over 50 mph a vehicle travels, the risk of death or serious injury doubles, studies show.
A study on speeding-related crashes by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that 55 percent of fatal crashes resulted from drivers exceeding the posted speed limit.
However, speeding doesn’t always mean exceeding the posted speed limit. It can also mean driving too fast for conditions such as wet or wintry roads, curved roads or heavy traffic.
The following facts and figures illustrate the problem of speeding.
- In one NHTSA survey, nearly half of all drivers said speeding is a problem on our nation’s roads. However, 20 percent admitted, “I try to get where I am going as fast as I can.”
- Over a recent 10-year period, an average of 12,380 speeding-related fatalities occurred per year in the U.S.
- Speeding-related crashes cost society $40.4 billion annually.
In other words, despite the obvious risks and costs of speeding, drivers frequently speed in Upstate South Carolina and across the U.S.
Investigating Speed as the Cause of an Accident
To establish your right to compensation, Harrison, White, Smith & Coggins, P.C., will obtain and closely review all available evidence in your case, including a copy of your accident report.
The at-fault driver in your case may have also been charged with a speeding-related offense, racing, driving too fast for conditions or exceeding the posted speed limit.
In addition to the accident report, our lawyers have a number of other ways to establish that speed was a factor in your crash, including:
- Eyewitness statements
- Vehicle crush damage
- Tire marks
- “Black box” recorder data.
Crash forensics have never been more sophisticated. Working with accident reconstruction experts and using expert testimony, our lawyers can arrive at an accurate picture of how the crash occurred in your case. We can, in turn, use this information to pursue a settlement or verdict that fully covers you for your losses.
Contact Our Upstate South Carolina Speeding Accident Lawyers
A serious auto accident requires serious legal representation. Through decades of practicing law in Upstate South Carolina, the auto accident attorneys of Harrison, White, Smith & Coggins, P.C., have developed the skills and strategies that it takes to seek just compensation for our clients. Contact us today to learn more about how we can assist you.
Sources / More Information
• Traffic Safety Facts—Speeding, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
• An Analysis of Speeding-Related Crashes: Definitions and the Effects of Road Environments, NHTSA
• National Survey of Speeding Attitudes and Behaviors, NHTSA
• Analysis of Speeding-Related Fatal Motor Vehicle Crashes, NHTSA
• Driving Too Fast For Conditions, NHTSA