Accidents Caused by Speeding
When people think of the most common causes of fatal car accidents, DUI and distracted driving may come to mind. However, speeding is more dangerous than driving under the influence. Driving too fast is the leading cause of fatal car crashes in 34 states.
While many drivers think nothing of going too fast on the road, statistics show that speeding is a very dangerous action that affects everyone on the road. In 2018, 9,378 people were killed by speeding. In the United States, speeding accounts for 22% of all fatal accidents. In Washington, D.C., this number rises to 40%. Speeding is also prevalent in Hawaii, New Hampshire and Rhode Island, where more than 30% of fatal car crashes are caused by driving too fast. The safest states in terms of speeding are Florida and Mississippi, where only 6% of fatal accidents are caused by speeding.
Speed affects your safety in a variety of conditions. In poor weather conditions, such as rain or snow, speeding makes it harder for you to slow down. This can cause you to lose control and cause a serious accident. When speeding at night, you are less able to see in front of you, so you can easily hit a vehicle or other object. You may even hit a pedestrian.
Why Do People Speed?
Some people think that by going faster, they can get to their destination sooner, but this is not always the case. Speeding is a type of aggressive driving. People may speed because they are running late for work, school or an appointment. They may get frustrated in traffic and try to go fast and switch lanes due to road rage. Some drivers have a blatant disregard for the law and other drivers, and simply drive fast because it is their normal behavior.
Consequences of Speeding
Speeding is not just illegal. It can impact you and your vehicle in many ways. For example, it can cause you to lose control, since it’s harder to stay on the road when you’re going too fast. It takes longer to stop in the event of an emergency. The faster you go, the harder you’ll hit an object in a crash. Therefore, your car will experience more damage when a crash happens at 60 mph than one at 30 mph. Speeding can also lead to tickets, driving school and increased insurance rates—all which cause you to spend more money.
Contact a Coral Springs Personal Injury Attorney
Car accidents can be caused by a variety of factors, and speeding is one of them. Driving too fast for road conditions can cause a driver to lose control and collide into other vehicles or objects. This can lead to significant injuries.
If you were involved in an accident involving speeding, get help from a Coral Springs car accident attorney at the Law Offices of Barry S. Mittelberg, P.A. He can help you obtain the compensation you need to pay for medical bills, lost wages, property damage and other damages. Schedule a free consultation by calling (954) 752-1213.