A high-speed car accident in Philadelphia claimed the life of a 23-year-old woman and left another in critical condition earlier this week. The accident occurred early Sunday morning on Roosevelt Boulevard when a driver rear-ended the victim's vehicle, leading the car to collide into a tree and catch fire. The driver responsible for the accident was traveling at excessive speeds when the accident occurred.
A high-speed accident can create unique challenges for those who are unlucky enough to be involved. As one might expect, victims of high-speed accidents are much more likely to suffer serious, lifelong injuries or death. The legal team at Gilman and Bedigian have dedicated their practice to helping those who have been involved in automobile accidents seek justice for the injuries they never should have suffered.
High-Speed Accidents in Philadelphia
Oftentimes, high-speed accidents occur on interstate highways, which have a higher speed limit than smaller city roads. No matter where the accident occurs, accidents resulting from excessive speeds can be caused by a variety of factors, including:
- Driving under the influence
- Distracted driving
- Street racing
- Attempting to make it through a light that is about to turn red.
A high-speed car accident can also have much more serious consequences for an at-fault driver than an accident occurring at normal speeds. A person who causes a high-speed accident can face more than civil charges if found at fault for the accident—in contrast to the average car accident, an at-fault driver who causes a high-speed accident may also be subject to criminal charges.
Compensation Available to Victims of High-Speed Accidents in Pennsylvania
If you have been involved in a car accident caused by someone driving at an unsafe speed, you may be eligible to receive financial compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. Although no amount of money can fully compensate you for the damages that you have suffered in an automobile accident, a personal injury action can provide the funds necessary to help you get back to as normal of a life as possible following your accident.
Victims of high-speed accidents may be eligible to receive compensation for:
- Medical expenses incurred as a result of the accident, including hospital bills, surgical expenses, and medical costs such as medication and physical rehabilitation;
- Income that you have missed out on as a result of being unable to work after your accident—and lost earning potential if your accident rendered you permanently unable to resume working;
- Loss of enjoyment of your normal lifestyle if you are permanently disabled as a result of your accident;
- Physical pain that you suffered both during and after your accident; and
- Emotional trauma that you endured as a result of your high-speed accident, including depression, anxiety, and/or an inability to sleep.
Punitive Damages in a High-Speed Accident
Sometimes, an at-fault driver's actions that led to an accident are so reprehensible that a judge or jury can decide that the standard compensation listed above is not enough. In these cases, an at-fault driver may also be liable to a victim for additional “punitive” damages.
Unlike the damages listed above—which are meant to make a victim of a car accident whole—the purpose of punitive damages is to punish an at-fault driver for the conduct that led to the accident. Punitive damages are also meant to make an example out of the at-fault driver and serve as a warning to others who might decide to engage in similar conduct in the future.
The team of personal injury attorneys at Gilman & Bedigian are committed to providing those who have been injured in automobile accidents with the representation they need to obtain the compensation they deserve. By focusing our practice solely on personal injury and medical malpractice cases, our attorneys are able to provide our clients with legal representation tailored to the individual circumstances surrounding their accident.
To speak with a member of our legal team about your car accident, contact us today.