Every single year, millions of Americans are involved in deadly car accidents, many of which are caused by excessive speeding. If you or someone close to you was killed due to an accident caused by another driver speeding, you may be entitled to compensation for your harm. While no amount of money can bring back your loved one, the compensation can help you deal with your emotional and financial injuries. At our law offices, our seasoned Miami car accident attorneys can help you understand your legal rights and options every step of the way.
In May, just two months after being ticketed for driving 112 mph in a 50 mph zone, B.R. drove his Tesla Model S at 116 mph three seconds before he crashed into a wall and his vehicle went up in flames. The accident ended up killing B.R. and his friend on Fort Lauderdale’s Seabreeze Boulevard.
The information regarding B.R.’s speed is from an initial investigation from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). The report also revealed that the two 18-year-olds in the car were wearing seat belts as the Tesla smashed into a wall two times, caught on fire, then careened across the street into a light pole. The NTSB is also looking into the flammability of lithium-ion battery backs for electric vehicles. It is important to note that the battery reignited after the accident and was quickly extinguished. After the wreck, Tesla issued a statement expressing sadness for the lives lost but stating that high-speed collisions can lead to a fire irrespective of the type of the car.
Speeding is a major cause of car accidents in Florida and across the United States. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 27 percent of those killed in 2015 were in a crash involving at least one speeding driver.
If you have a lost a loved one in a speeding accident, you may be able to recover compensation through a wrongful death claim. Wrongful death claims are rooted in the legal theory of negligence. Negligence is defined as the failure to use the amount of care an ordinary person would use in the similar or similar circumstances, thereby causing injury or death to another. In order to prove negligence, the plaintiff must establish the following elements by a preponderance of the evidence: i) the plaintiff was owed a duty of care by the defendant; ii) the defendant breached the duty of care owed to the plaintiff by excessively speeding; and iii) the defendant’s breach was a direct cause of the accident and your loved one’s death.
If you have lost a loved one in an accident caused by speeding, you need to reach out to a skilled Miami wrongful death attorney who can help. At our Law Offices, we have years of experience holding negligent drivers accountable for the harm that they cause. Reach us today by calling us at 1-877-499-HURT (4878) or contacting us online.
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