What Happened

A debate has been ignited over safe speed limits in the cities of Richmond and Petersburg, Virginia (VA) after speed was determined to be the cause of two fatal accidents.

The first accident occurred on Cary Street Road in Richmond on February 9, 2013 when two men were killed after their car slammed into a patch of trees. The impact was so great the engine was thrown across the street.

The second accident occurred on Crater Road in Petersburg, Virginia (VA) where 18-year-old Ikeyia Jones, was killed and two other passengers were sent to the hospital. Police have not released any other details since the accident is still under investigation.

Residents of both Cary Street and Crater Road say that cars regularly speed on both streets and that there have been many fatal accidents. Back in 2009, city council took action to raise the penalties for speeding on Cary Street with an additional $200 dollar fine to slow drivers down. When the city did a study of this road they found that 85 percent of drivers were going at least 10 miles over the speed limit, and reported 38 accidents took place over the span of a year.

The Virginia Wrongful Death Lawyers’ Perspective

Our hearts do go out to the family and friends of the victims and to anyone who has had a tragedy like this impact their lives. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration over thirty percent of all fatal crashes are estimated to be speed related crashes. Safety is the top priority in the extensive research it takes to determine a speed limit; if a driver chooses to negligently ignore the speed limit the results can be disastrous. The long term effects of an accident can be very painful and very expensive. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a speed related crash we recommend a private consultation with an experienced Virginia Beach personal injury lawyer to discuss your legal options. As a victim there may be grounds for a personal injury case to recoup medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. A client we defended in 2009 suffered serious neck injury due to a driver making an improper lane change at a high rate of speed. The at-fault driver tried to change lanes at the last second but instead crashed into the back of our client’s car. Our client suffered a disc protrusion/disc herniation in her cervical spine and was told she would need reparative surgery within 5 years. During the lawsuit discovery phase, the at-fault driver essentially admitted his fault, and our injured client obtained a significant injury settlement.

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