Most people think speed limits are merely guidelines, not necessarily something that should be followed - unless there is a high risk of getting pulled over by the police. After all, it’s just speeding, right? What could possibly go wrong? Well, it turns out a lot can go wrong, very quickly.
Speeding is one of the leading causes of accidents, injuries, and deaths on the road. More than one-third of all accident deaths are speeding-related, and each year, more than 9,000 people are killed in car accidents caused by speeding.
Posted speed limits tell drivers the fastest speed they should travel on any particular road to maintain their own safety as well as the safety of others sharing the road. Unfortunately, many drivers choose to speed for reasons that seem much more important than safety, until an accident happens.
If you were injured in a speeding-related accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Don’t wait until it is too late to pursue a personal injury claim; contact a proven car accident lawyer to discuss your case.
Why People Speed
Recent studies suggest that more than 70 percent of drivers speed and most see speeding as a rather harmless transgression. Contrary to the belief of many, speed limits are scientifically derived. They are based on the neighborhood, terrain, potential for pedestrians and other factors.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), drivers speed for the following reasons:
- To avoid traffic and congestion on the roads
- When running late for work, appointments, etc.
- Because it feels like an anonymous crime
- General disregard for others sharing the road, as well as the law
What Happens When Drivers Speed
Many people regularly speed without knowledge of the potential consequences of their actions. Speeding exponentially increases a driver’s chances of creating a dangerous situation for themself and others, including:
- Loss of control of the vehicle
- Reduction in the effectiveness of your car’s safety equipment
- Increased severity of crashes and serious injuries
- Legal and financial ramifications
- An increased distance a driver needs to stop
- Slower reaction times
Get Help From a Car Accident Attorney
Speeding-related accidents can cause serious property and bodily injury to all involved. If you or a loved one were recently injured in an accident, contact an experienced and proven car accident lawyer.
Pursuing a personal injury claim on your own is possible, but not recommended. At Steinberg Injury Lawyers, we are aggressive, thoughtful, and ready to fight for your right to full compensation. Contact us today at 1-800-350-8888 for a free, no-obligation consultation.