Speeding Increases the Risk of Car Accidents
By Michael London on August 30, 2018
Car accidents are one of the leading causes of injuries in the United States. Automobile accidents are so common that the average person will be involved in three accidents throughout his or her lifetime. Although safe driving practices can significantly decrease the risk of a car accident, the reckless actions of other drivers can affect even those who are making safe and cautious driving choices.
Speeding is one particularly dangerous driving practice. The experienced attorneys at Douglas & London have seen first-hand how speeding and car accidents impact their New York, NY clients. Following a car accident caused by speeding, our car accident lawyers can provide legal representation to ensure that accident victims are justly compensated for the full extent of their losses.
Speeding Increases the Risk of a Collision
Many people view speed limits as arbitrary restrictions, but a lot of thought and research goes into posted speed limits. When a city or state designates a speed limit, they conduct a speed study. A speed study takes many factors into consideration, including typical traffic conditions in the area, visibility, whether the road is straight or curvy, and which types of businesses or residences surround the street.
The main priority of a speed limit is the safety of those traveling the road. Even by driving over the posted speed limit by just a small margin, drivers can significantly increase the risk of a car accident.
Following are some facts regarding speeding and car accidents:
- According to data collected by the Governors Highway Safety Administration, speeding is a contributing factor in roughly one-third of all car accidents
- The faster a vehicle is traveling, the longer it takes to stop, which can result in an otherwise avoidable accident
- Excess speeds make it more likely a driver will lose control of the vehicle
- In poor conditions (snow, sleet, ice, etc.), driving at the posted speed limit may be dangerous; drivers are responsible for adjusting their speed based on safety conditions to minimize the risk of an accident
Speeding Increases the Damage Caused by a Car Accident
While it is true that speeding increases the likelihood of a car accident, that is only one way in which speeding is dangerous. Speeding also affects the severity of damage or injury when a car accident does occur.
This is a simple matter of physics. The faster that a vehicle is traveling, the greater impact it will create in the event of an accident. As a result, damages, injuries, and death are far more likely when a car accident involves speeding.
The following facts highlight the dangers of high-speed car accidents:
- The economic damages of speed-related car accidents are estimated at $28 billion per year
- Personal injuries tend to be much more severe in car accidents involving speeding
- In a study conducted by the National Transportation Safety Board, speeding was found to be the main factor in 31 percent of traffic fatalities
Those who have been injured in a car accident that was caused by another driver’s speeding may be due financial compensation for their losses. If you’ve been involved in a car accident, contact us at your earliest convenience to learn more about your legal options.
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