Speeding Car Accidents
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Speeding Causes Car Accidents
When a driver exceeds the speed limits posted on a roadway or drives too fast for conditions, they are guilty of speeding. Most American drivers acknowledge that speeding is dangerous and can lead to car accidents, but will still willingly exceed safe speed limits if they are in a hurry. Speeding is blatant negligence and often results in horrific collisions. Collisions that occur at high speeds can cause severe injuries and even death for the driver as well as others with whom they are sharing the road.
If a driver is traveling over the posted speed limit, they are limiting their reaction time if the unexpected occurs. Most drivers do not realize how far their vehicle actually travels at the speed of 60 miles per hour. At that speed, the average vehicle covers approximately 130 feet in one second. Average reaction times are 1.5 seconds. If something unexpected occurs 200 feet from a vehicle, a driver traveling at safe speeds will be able to stop in time to avoid an accident. However, a speeding driver will typically be unable to respond in time. Additionally, velocity increases with speed, making the impending crash more devastating than a collision occurring at or under the posted speed limit.
Vehicles traveling at high speeds have a high force of impact that can result in catastrophic injuries. Common injuries that speeding drivers and their victims may experience include traumatic brain injury, fractures or broken bones and skin burns. At extreme speeds, accident victims may even suffer paralysis, loss of limbs or fatal injuries. Moreover, speeding car accidents often cause injury or death to other victims such as motorists who share the roads with the speeding driver, vehicle passengers or pedestrians. Because of the high risks of speeding-related accidents, certain areas such as construction work zones and school zones enforce lower speed limits and more severe penalties for speeding in these zones.
Risk Factors for Speeding
Some drivers are more at risk for speeding behaviors than others. Aggressive drivers or drivers experiencing road rage are traditional culprits, as are drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Additionally, studies have revealed that younger males are more likely to speed than their female counterparts of the same age. Many drivers who admit to speeding also concede to not taking proper safety precautions.
Reasons for Speeding
Those who intentionally choose to speed often do so to avoid being late. Other reasons for speeding include not knowing the current speed limit or driving with the flow of traffic wherein all the drivers in the immediate area are guilty of speeding. Regardless of the reason, exceeding the speed limit is never a good idea and can lead to ticketing by law enforcement and fines.
Penalties for Speeding
State laws that regulate speed limits are intended to encourage drivers to follow safe driving speeds by imposing harsh fines for speeding, sometimes in excess of $1,000. In addition to risking accidents and fines, repeat speeders are at risk for more expensive auto insurance and suspension or revocation of their driver’s licenses. Speeding drivers also risk legal action; car accident victims can pursue personal injury lawsuits against unsafe drivers. Furthermore, offenders can face severe penalties and jail time in cases involving injury or wrongful death.
New Jersey Car Accident Lawyers Represent Victims of Speeding Accidents
Victims of speed-related auto accidents can rely on the skill and knowledge of New Jersey car accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Eric A. Shore. We will work hard to secure the compensation you are entitled to so that you can focus on your recovery. If you have been injured by a speeding driver, you may be entitled to pursue financial compensation for medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. Our initial consultations are free, so please do not delay in contacting our team at 1-800-226-8967 or contact us online.
We represent clients with personal injury and car accident claims in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland.