Speed limits are imposed for the safety of everyone on the road, and all drivers are required to travel at speeds at or below the posted limit. Drivers throughout Tennessee frequently choose to ignore speed limits, however, which often leads to accidents. Accidents brought about by excessive speed can result in devastating injuries or even death, and drivers that cause speeding accidents should be held accountable for any harm suffered due to these accidents. If you were injured in a crash caused by speeding, Nashville car accident lawyer Eric Beasley can help you determine your legal options for pursuing damages. Mr. Beasley’s office is in Goodlettsville, and he frequently assists people in lawsuits arising out of car accidents in towns throughout Middle Tennessee.Tennessee Laws Regarding Motor Vehicle Speeds
Tennessee has a specific law regarding the speed limits all drivers must adhere to when traveling on public roads. The law provides, in part, that drivers traveling on state highways or roads must not drive over 65 mph unless they are on a four-lane highway, in which case they must not drive over 70 mph. The law also states that municipalities and counties can set speed limits on certain streets and roads within their jurisdiction, but any speed limit posted cannot exceed 55 mph. Counties and municipalities are also permitted to set forth special speed limits near schools that are only in effect at certain times. If a county or municipality does not establish special speed limits for roads by schools, drivers are not permitted to travel faster than 15 mph during recess, or in the ninety-minute periods before the school opens or after the school closes.Recovering Damages Following a Speeding Accident
When motorists travel at excessive speeds, it diminishes their ability to stop when they approach another motorist or a hazard, and they often lose control of their vehicles. If you were injured in a speeding accident, you may be able to recover compensation from the driver that caused the collision. Accident victims seeking damages under these circumstances will generally do so through a negligence claim, and a dedicated car accident lawyer can help.
Under Tennessee law, a plaintiff alleging that the defendant acted negligently must prove that the defendant owed the plaintiff a duty of reasonable care and that the defendant breached this duty by acting in a manner that fell below the standard of care. In cases involving speeding accidents, the duty owed is the duty to travel at a safe and reasonable speed. The plaintiff must also show that the breach caused actual harm. To sufficiently prove causation, the plaintiff must show that the defendant’s speed was a substantial factor in causing the accident and that the accident would not have occurred if the defendant had not been traveling at a high rate of speed.Harm Caused by Speeding Accidents
Accidents involving excessive speed generally occur at a high rate of impact and can cause serious and permanent harm. Many people injured in speeding accidents require extensive medical treatment and are unable to work due to their injuries. If you sustained injuries due to a speeding accident, you might be able to recover the cost of any medical treatment you underwent for your injuries, as well as damages for your loss of future earnings. You may also be awarded compensation for the pain and suffering you endured due to the accident. If you were married at the time of the accident, your spouse may also be able to recover damages.Consult an Experienced Car Accident Lawyer in Nashville
If you were harmed in a speeding accident, it is prudent to consult an attorney to discuss your rights. Eric Beasley works tirelessly to help his clients pursue the compensation to which they may be entitled. Mr. Beasley’s office is located in Goodlettsville, and he regularly assists parties in lawsuits arising out of accidents in Nashville as well as in Murfreesboro, Goodlettsville, Hendersonville, and Lebanon. He also represents people in Robertson, Davidson, Wilson, Sumner, Rutherford, and Williamson Counties, and throughout Middle Tennessee. You can reach Mr. Beasley via the form online or at (800) 431-2768 to schedule a consultation.