Speeding is a common cause of auto accidents and poses a variety of risks to all drivers on the road: higher speeds mean longer stopping-times, the vehicle is harder to control, and there is less time to make an immediate decision that could be the difference between making it home safely or not. If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident due to another driver’s negligence, we at Agruss Law Firm are here for you every step of the way to ensure that your rights are protected and you are fully compensated for your injuries and losses.
Here is Illinois state law as it applies to speeding in a vehicle:
(625 ILCS 5/11-601) (from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 11-601)
Sec. 11-601. General speed restrictions.
(a) No vehicle may be driven upon any highway of this State at a speed which is greater than is reasonable and proper with regard to traffic conditions and the use of the highway, or endangers the safety of any person or property. The fact that the speed of a vehicle does not exceed the applicable maximum speed limit does not relieve the driver from the duty to decrease speed when approaching and crossing an intersection, approaching and going around a curve, when approaching a hill crest, when traveling upon any narrow or winding roadway, or when special hazard exists with respect to pedestrians or other traffic or by reason of weather or highway conditions. Speed must be decreased as may be necessary to avoid colliding with any person or vehicle on or entering the highway in compliance with legal requirements and the duty of all persons to use due care.
As much as 32% of all fatal auto accidents result from speeding or are speed-related, according to the website of the Illinois state police, and there may also be a connection between consumption of alcohol and speeding: in 2002, speeding was a factor in only 14% of fatalities in “sober” auto accidents, while it was a factor in over 40% of fatalities in drunk driving accidents.
Speeding is most often a factor in accidents that occur at night and on weekends, and younger drivers, particularly males, are the most at-risk demographic for speed-related fatalities in auto accidents. In 2008, 35% of all driving fatalities in the U.S. were males between 15 and 24 years old; 25% were males between 35 and 44 years old; 20% were males between 45 to 54 years old; and the percentages of female fatalities was smaller in each category than for males.
We at Agruss Law Firm are proud to serve our fellow citizens in personal injury cases, especially when you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident, and we are fully committed to protecting your rights and ensuring that the other party is held legally accountable when negligence occurs. We will fight until the very end to ensure that you are fully compensated for all injuries and losses resulting from the accident, including medical expenses, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering, and you won’t owe us a dime for our services.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident due to speeding, contact Agruss Law Firm, LLC for a free consultation. Helping our clients is about counseling, advocating, and ultimately solving problems. With years of experience successfully representing the people and not the powerful, we will take care of the insurance adjusters, your medical bills, your property damage, and your lost wages, and monitor your treatment so you can focus on healing and getting your life back to normal. We will handle your case quickly and advise you every step of the way, and we will not hesitate to go to trial for you. Lastly, Agruss Law Firm, LLC is not paid attorneys’ fees unless we win your case. Our no-fee promise is that simple. You have nothing to risk when you hire us – only the opportunity to seek justice.