A highway injury is a road accident involving cars traveling on a freeway or interstate highway. Speed is the main factor differentiating highway injuries from other road accidents, since cars travel at significantly higher speeds (usually around 65mph) on highways.
What are some Common Causes of Highway Injuries?
Common causes of highway injuries include:
- Speeding and other violations of road rules
- Drunk Driving
- Broken headlights, taillights, or turn signal lights
- Road rage
- Distracted Driving
In particular, drunk driving or DUI claims tend to involve serious injuries and much property damage to the car(s). Speeding can also increase the risk of highway injuries and car accidents. In order to reduce the amount of injuries and accidents occurring on highways, many states are beginning to enforce laws that prohibit smartphone use while driving. It's important to keep in mind that highways are surrounded by guardrails that can result in serious injury if met at high speed, so being fully aware of your surroundings and avoiding sudden stops can help you avoid such a serious injury.
What are some Legal Effects of Highway Injury claims?
Highway injury lawsuits can result in some legal consequences such as:
- A monetary damages award paid by the defendant to the plaintiff
- A loss or suspension of driving privileges (especially for drunk driving cases)
- Criminal charges (especially for extremely reckless driving)
When traveling between states, it is important to remember that states often differ regarding laws for speed limits, legal driving ages, open containers, and drunk driving.