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Unfortunately, congestion and dangerous drivers, two staples of driving in New York City, are not likely to go anywhere. Between cars, trucks, buses and motorcycles hogging the road, it should surprise no one that accidents occur regularly. People can suffer from serious injuries as a result. While many factors may contribute to an accident, one of the most common is speeding. Yes, speed limits can be pesky, but they are there to protect us from shorter reaction times and higher collision speeds. If you or a loved one have experienced this firsthand, please read on, then contact an experienced New York City auto accidents attorney to learn how speeding contributes to auto accidents in New York.

How does speeding contribute to New  York auto accidents?

If a driver is proven to have been traveling above the speed limit, it is relatively clear that they are the liable driver, because, while speeding, negligent drivers will often engage in the following unsafe behaviors:

  • Unsafe lane changes: Speeding drivers may not look to ensure they are not driving into the path of another motorist. When people fail to check blind spots or fail to check at all, very serious accidents can occur.
  • Ignoring traffic lights and signs: Because of their diminished capacity to respond to traffic lights and signs, negligent drivers are likely to collide with motorists who are following the laws.
  • Failing to control speed to avoid a collision: Due to their high rate of speed, negligent drivers often fail to negotiate traffic and cannot stop in time to prevent a collision. These often result in rear-end accidents.
  • Failing to account for weather conditions: Though always ill-advised and dangerous, speeding in inclement weather can be especially hazardous, because even if the driver brakes in time, the conditions of the road surface may prevent their vehicle from stopping.

What damages can you seek in a New York auto accident?

In New York, auto accident victims are able to sue for economic, non-economic and punitive damages. Though punitive damages are rarely awarded, they are intended to punish a negligent driver for malicious, fraudulent or grossly negligent behavior. Economic and non-economic damages are as follows:

Economic damages:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Lost or diminished earning capacity
  • Property damage
  • Rehabilitation
  • Assistive services

Non-economic damages:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of enjoyment
  • Disfigurement
  • Humiliation
  • Loss of consortium
  • Damaged reputation

Regardless of your share of the fault and what damages you seek, you should reach out to a skilled New York City personal injury attorney to fight for the compensation you deserve.

Contact Our New York City Firm

If you have been injured in a New York City accident, Swerling Law is here to help. Our firm understands the challenges that many people face after being hurt in an accident and is prepared to help you receive an award of significant compensation to ease some of your burdens. To schedule a consultation with an experienced construction site accident attorney in New York City, contact Swerling Law today.


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