How Speeding Contributes To Motor Vehicle Accidents in Washington, D.C.

Speed limits are in place for a reason, and when drivers fail to heed them, they endanger themselves and all those around them. Speeding is among the most common causes of auto accidents in the District of Columbia. If you are someone who has recently been injured in one, please read on, then contact one of our experienced Washington, D.C. motor vehicle accident attorneys to learn how speeding contributes to auto accidents in Washington, D.C.

How can speeding lead to Washington, D.C. auto accidents?

Though at times it can be difficult to discern who was at fault in an auto accident, the liable driver is relatively clear, especially if he or she was driving a car over the speed limit. Due in large part to a reduction in reaction times and amplification of the force of impact, speeding often results in significant injuries. That is because speeding is complicated by the following behaviors:

  • Unsafe lane changes: Speeding drivers may not look to ensure they are not driving into the path of another motorist. When people fail to check blind spots or fail to check at all, very serious accidents can occur.
  • Ignoring traffic lights and signs: Because of their diminished capacity to respond to traffic lights and signs, negligent drivers are likely to collide with motorists who are following the laws.
  • Failing to control speed to avoid a collision: Due to their high rate of speed, negligent drivers often fail to negotiate traffic and cannot stop in time to prevent a collision. These often result in rear-end accidents.
  • Failing to account for weather conditions: Though always ill-advised and dangerous, speeding in inclement weather can be especially hazardous, because even if the driver brakes in time, the conditions of the road surface may prevent their car from stopping.
  • Overtaxing auto parts: Driving erratically at a high rate of speed can be taxing to auto parts and lead to untimely breakdowns, jackknifing or other devastating accidents.

Regardless of the extent of your injuries, you should contact one of our competent Washington, D.C. personal injury lawyers to discuss your options.

How can a Washington, D.C. motor vehicle accidents attorney help you recover damages from a speeding driver?

Our firm will be able to inform you of your rights as well as prepare and present your evidence in court. Furthermore, a qualified legal professional will help you receive compensation for both compensatory and punitive damages such as the following:

Compensatory damages:

  • Hospital bills
  • Medical treatment
  • Ongoing therapy
  • Other damages that come with an invoice
  • Lost or decreased future income

Punitive damages:

  • The injuries sustained
  • Recovery time
  • Amount of medical bills

Do not let negligent drivers off the hook for your injuries. Please give us a call today.


The experienced personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys at Trombly & Singer, PLLC are prepared to represent clients facing legal matters after being injured due to another person’s negligence. If you require strong legal representation in Washington D.C. or Maryland, contact our firm today to schedule a consultation.