Are Speeding Drivers Automatically At Fault for an Accident?
In 2015, more than 35,000 people died in car accidents, and nearly 30 percent of those accidents were speed-related. That number is shockingly high, especially considering that speeding is a choice that many drivers make on a daily basis. If you were injured in an accident where the at-fault driver was speeding, you may be entitled to compensation.
TEXAS SPEEDING LAWS
The speed limits in Texas are similar to those in other states. Most highways have a maximum limit of 75 mph, though some roads allow 85 mph. Speed limits are much lower on residential and city roads, but Texas has not adopted the use of automated traffic cameras to catch and ticket speeders.
Unless otherwise posted, drivers are expected to not exceed 30 mph in urban districts, 70 mph on numbered highways, and 60 mph on unnumbered highways outside of urban districts (TCC § 545.352). In many cases, excessive speeding constitutes a disregard for safety and can be considered reckless driving (TCC § 545.401).
Just because a driver was speeding does not mean they are at-fault for the crash. However, proving the other driver was speeding can go a long way toward building your case. It is your lawyer’s job to prove that the speeding driver breached their duty to you, and as a result, you suffered injuries. If a police officer did not issue a speeding ticket, your lawyer will turn to eyewitnesses, experts, and possible surveillance.
The exact amount of your potential compensation award will vary based on the severity of the accident, your degree of fault, and the nature of your injuries. Call us today to discuss your case.