Police Chief Eddie Simmons said a man behind the wheel of a Dodge Charger was “driving like a fool” in the moments before a fatal crash.
According to investigators, a man was travelling down Page Avenue “at an extreme rate of speed” when another vehicle entered his lane. The Charger driver lost control of his vehicle as he tried to avoid the second car, causing him to lose control and smash into a third vehicle. That driver, a woman in her 40s, was declared dead at the scene.
“Bad accidents in those clown cars,” the police chief concluded.
Speed and Car Wrecks
Lightweight cars with powerful engines are often associated with excessive speed, which increases the risk of a collision and the force in a collision.
When faced with a quickly changing situation, like being cut off in traffic, speeding drivers oversteer during evasive maneuvers. Then, they usually overcorrect as they try to straighten out. As a result, they lose control of their vehicles.
Furthermore, speed increases the force in a collision, according to Newton’s Second Law of Motion. Basically, speed transforms non-injury “fender bender” accidents into serious injury collisions.
A St. Louis personal injury attorney may use the negligence per se rule or the ordinary negligence doctrine to obtain fair compensation in speed-related wrecks.
Negligence per se is the violation of a safety law, such as the speed limit law. Tortfeasors (negligent drivers) could be liable for damages as a matter of law if:
- They violate a safety law, and
- That violation substantially causes injury.
The posted speed limit is not an absolute speed limit. Instead, it’s a presumptively reasonable speed under ideal conditions. If traffic, environmental, and other conditions are less than ideal, the duty of care requires drivers to slow down. When a driver’s conduct falls below the standard of care, that driver could be liable for damages.
Circumstantial evidence of a lack of care includes weather conditions, traffic conditions, actual speed, and skid marks or other physical evidence.
Damages in a car wreck case usually include compensation for economic losses, such as medical bills, and noneconomic losses, such as pain and suffering.
Car accident victims could be entitled to significant compensation. For a free consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney in St. Louis, contact Schultz & Myers, Personal Injury Lawyers. Attorneys can connect victims with doctors, even if they have no insurance or money.