When you’re running late for work, a concert, or even a family member’s wedding, it can be tempting to drive above the speed limit.
But this decision can lead to tragic consequences. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately one-third of all car accidents are caused by speeding, which lead to 13,000 fatalities every year. Believe it or not, many these fatal accidents take place on roadways where the speed limit is 35 mph or less.
How Does Speeding Increase the Risk of Car Accidents?
Speeding increases the risk of car accidents because it:
- Causes other motorists to misjudge how fast you are moving
- Decreases the driver’s ability to safely maneuver around curves
- Reduces the time needed to react to other vehicles or hazards in the road such as deer
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Report
A report that focuses on the impact of speeding was released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and notable findings included:
- Speeding is more common at night
- The western states have a higher percentage of speeding related fatalities than the eastern states
- Approximately forty percent of all speeding related accidents happened as the driver maneuvered a curve
- Male drivers are more likely to cause a speed related crash than females
There are many types injuries that can result from speeding accidents including disfigurement, loss of limb, concussions, broken legs, and spinal cord injuries.
If you sustained injuries caused by a negligent driver, please contact us. Should you have a claim, we will work hard to get you the settlement you deserve.