Injured in an auto accident, medical malpractice, facing criminal charges, or need help with a traffic ticket? Our mission is to form a lasting partnership with every client. Our passion is the people we help and the lives that we help change. So, if you have questions or need assistance—we are here to help.

  1. Home
  2. News
  3. Can Speeding Diminish Your Car Accident Claim?

Free Video Consultation
Text Us Now

Can Speeding Diminish Your Car Accident Claim?

Wondering if speeding can reduce your compensation in a personal injury claim? If your speeding contributed to the accident that caused your injuries, yes, it can reduce your compensation or even bar you from filing a claim.

Florida is what’s known as a comparative negligence state. Recently, the state changed from a pure comparative negligence to a modified comparative negligence system.

What do these terms mean, and how can they affect your compensation in a Tampa traffic accident claim? We explore the answers to these questions and more in this post.

Contributory vs. Comparative Negligence Rules

First, contributory and comparative negligence determine when victims can sue for damages after they get into an accident.

Contributory negligence bars victims from recovering personal injury damages if they were partially at fault for the accident. Being even 1% responsible for the accident that caused your injury means you can’t file a claim.

Comparative negligence allows victims to recover damages when they are partially at fault for the accident. There are two kinds of comparative negligence: pure and modified comparative negligence.

Pure vs. Modified Comparative Negligence

Florida used to be a pure comparative negligence state. In May of 2023, the rule changed to make Florida a modified comparative negligence state.

Pure comparative negligence allows victims to file an insurance claim or sue the responsible party, no matter their share of fault. For instance, a victim could be 99% responsible for the accident and still file a claim to recover damages.

Modified comparative negligence still allows partially at-fault victims to file for damages. However, the victim’s share of fault must be 50% or 51% or less to recover damages. In Florida, the victim must be less than 50% at fault.

Modified Comparative Negligence and Compensation

In modified comparative negligence states, the victim’s share of fault is not just important for determining if he or she can file a claim. It also dictates how much compensation the victim is eligible for.

Let’s use an example. Say you are partially to blame for the accident that caused your injuries, and a court or insurance company determines your share of fault is 40%. You file a claim and recover $100,000 in damages.

Because you were 40% at fault for the accident, you don’t get to take home the entire $100,000. The court or insurance company will subtract 40% of the reward, meaning you get $60,000.

How Speeding Impacts Modified Comparative Negligence

Comparative fault rules, whether modified or not, are designed to recognize that accidents are complex legal situations. Multiple factors can lead to an accident, and defendants should not have to pay for the victim’s share of fault.

Speeding is one of these factors. If there is clear evidence that a victim was speeding at the time of the accident, it will count against them. The more over the speed limit the victim was driving, the more their share of fault.

The exact amount of fault that will be assigned for speeding is not determined using a formula. It will depend on factors like the statement the victim gives to police and insurance companies, the evidence of speeding, and your attorney’s skill.

What Is Considered Speeding?

Speeding is not just driving above the speed limit. Failing to use proper caution in poor road conditions can also be used against a victim during a personal injury claim.

Road conditions requiring drivers to drive below the posted speed limit include but are not limited to:

  • Fog
  • Extreme glare
  • Traffic
  • Rain
  • Snow

Roads that are not well-maintained, congested with pedestrians or animals, and have debris in the lanes should also be driven on with extreme caution.

Other Factors in Comparative Fault

Speeding is not the only factor that can contribute to a victim’s share of fault. Other elements include but are not limited to:

  • Not wearing a seatbelt
  • Driving a vehicle you know is defective
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Brake checking
  • Distracted driving
  • Failing to use reasonable care

Practicing caution while driving can reduce your share of fault and is one of the many ways to maximize personal injury compensation after a Tampa traffic accident.

How to Maximize Your Personal Injury Compensation

Victims of traffic accidents deserve compensation for their physical and mental pain and suffering. They also deserve to recover expenses related to their injury, such as medical bills and lost wages.

Here are our top tips for getting the compensation you deserve after an accident that was mostly someone else’s fault.

File a Police Report

A crucial piece of evidence in a car accident case is the police report. Insurance companies use it to help determine fault. It can also be used in court if you decide to sue the negligent driver.

Without calling the police and getting an accident report, it will be more difficult to prove your account of the event.

Collect Evidence at the Scene

If your injuries are severe, skip this step and go straight to the hospital. The police are responsible for gathering evidence in your stead.

However, collecting your own evidence can greatly benefit your case. When possible, collect witness statements and take photos of your and the other driver’s vehicles to add credibility to your account.

Get Medical Attention

Injuries are expensive. That’s why medical expenses are one of the largest aspects of a personal injury compensation package. If you don’t seek attention for your injuries, your award will be significantly less.

Moreover, a court or insurer may not believe that your injuries are serious enough to deserve compensation if you fail to get medical attention.

Never Admit Fault

When speaking to police or the other driver’s insurance company, never admit fault. In fact, you should really avoid speaking to insurers at all without consulting with a lawyer.

Without legal advice, the insurance company can twist your words. This is true even if it’s your insurance provider.

Call After a Tampa Traffic Accident

Speeding can diminish the compensation you’re eligible for in a car accident claim. That’s because Florida is a modified comparative negligence state, where your personal injury award is reduced based on your share of fault.

Are you injured because of an accident you were less than 50% responsible for? The attorneys at RHINO Lawyers have multiple years of experience winning our clients maximum compensation for Tampa traffic accidents.

Schedule a free consultation to get started.


In short, after a car accident, you may not know your rights. Above all, don’t struggle through the process alone. Actually, our personal injury team is here to help you with any legal needs you might have regarding your accident.

Lastly, let RHINO Lawyers answer your questions and review the facts of your case with a Free Consultation. So, get started by completing the “Free Instant Case Evaluation” or by calling us any time, day or night, at 844.RHINO.77.