Speeding Accident Attorney in Douglasville
If you were hurt in an accident caused by a driver who was speeding or otherwise driving recklessly, Sherrod & Bernard, P.C. wants to help you. We are committed to helping you seek the financial compensation you are owed when you’re hurt through no fault of your own.
Every driver should be aware that the posted speed limits are there for safety. Unfortunately, many drivers choose to ignore them and, in doing so, put others in harm’s way. According to the Georgia Office of Highway Safety, 266 of the total 1554 traffic-related fatalities in one recent year were caused by speeding. When drivers fail to observe the speed limit or otherwise drive in an aggressive or reckless manner, severe injury accidents could occur.
The experienced Douglasville car accident lawyers of Sherrod & Bernard, P.C. refuse to let reckless drivers get away with hurting others. We are committed to keeping our community safe and making sure that those who are injured pursue the full and fair compensation they deserve. When you hire us, we will take immediate and aggressive action to hold drivers responsible for the accidents they cause.
There’s no fee charged to clients unless we win, and your consultation is always free. Call us or fill out a contact form to discuss your rights and legal options with us today.
Common Types of Reckless Driving in Georgia
Reckless driving comes in many forms. Georgia law defines reckless driving as operating a motor vehicle in a manner that disregards the safety of others and their property. Typical examples of reckless driving include:
- Operating an unsafe vehicle or one not permitted on Georgia roadways
- Weaving in and out of traffic in an aggressive, unlawful manner
- Speeding excessively (generally 20 mph or more over the limit)
- Failing to yield or pull over for emergency personnel
- Speeding in construction zones
- Passing a stopped school bus with “stop” arm extended
- Operating a vehicle in an uncontrolled manner
- Drag racing
If you’ve been injured by another driver’s negligence, you could be entitled to compensation for all your accident-related losses. Sherrod & Bernard, P.C. assists people injured by reckless drivers, and we work to make sure they are held accountable for their actions.
How To Show a Driver Was Reckless In an Accident.
If you’ve been hurt in an accident with a driver who was speeding or driving recklessly, there are several methods for proving that they were at-fault, including:
- Eyewitness testimony
- Data from onboard electronic data recording systems (also known as black-box systems) in most modern vehicles
- Video from onboard video systems (found on most commercial vehicles)
- GPS data from onboard systems
- Point-to-point GPS data
- Long skid marks that indicate high speed
Georgia law requires the party who causes a car accident to pay for the costs that arise from the collision. This includes medical expenses, property damage, lost wages, pain and suffering and other costs that the other driver and passengers incur.
Keep in mind that the at-fault driver’s insurance company will not always be willing to pay you what you are owed, even when there is evidence to show that their policyholder was to blame. That’s why it is critical to have an experienced accident attorney on your side to fight for the full compensation that you are entitled to.
Criminal Penalties for Reckless Driving.
Criminal misdemeanor charges may be brought in addition to and separate from civil claims. These charges carry up to $1,000 in fines and no more than twelve months in jail.
Those charges may escalate to felony crimes if the victim dies. Reckless homicide, if proven, carries much stiffer prison sentences and heavier fines and will likely lead to years of problems for the offending party. These charges are separate from the civil liability that may result if the victim succeeds in proving their case in court.
Georgia’s Super Speeder Law.
Since January 2010, Georgia has gotten progressively tougher on speeders who are accused of “super speeding,” which is defined as driving over 75 mph on two-lane roads or 85 mph on other roads and highways. Each Super Speeder offense puts two points on your driving record, and once you’ve hit 15 points in 24 months, your license will be automatically suspended.
When House Bill 160 was passed, another $200 state-imposed fee was added to the regular ticket cost. Repeat offenses may result in extended license suspensions and much heftier fines, as well as civil liabilities that result when speeding leads to auto accident injuries.
Georgia’s Super Speeder laws are designed to keep roadways safe, which is the main reason penalties are stiff from the first offense.
What to Do If a Reckless Driver Hits You.
If you’re able to get out of the vehicle and move away from the wreckage, do so immediately. Make every attempt to help those who’ve been injured, including other drivers and passengers. Do not attempt to move an injured person if doing so would cause further harm.
Next, call the police. Once law enforcement has arrived, give an exact account of how the offending driver was reckless, including how they drove prior to the accident. The officers can evaluate the scene, talk to eyewitnesses, and issue a citation to the other driver for speeding or recklessness if merited.
Finally, phone Sherrod & Bernard, P.C., a firm with a proven track record of getting justice for accident victims in Douglasville.
Hurt by a Reckless or Speeding Driver? We Will Fight for You!
Thousands of avoidable auto accidents happen on Georgia highways every year, and a good number are caused by speeding or reckless driving. Many of these accidents lead to serious injury, while some, tragically, cost victims their lives.
Sherrod & Bernard, P.C. fight for victims of reckless driving accidents every day. We are committed to holding reckless drivers accountable for their actions. We do this to seek justice for the injured victims and their families and to keep the streets in our community safer for everyone.
With our firm in your corner, you could get the compensation you need to rebuild and move on with your life after a serious injury accident. Don’t let a reckless driver ruin your life. Phone our firm today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss your case.