The Implications of Speeding
There probably isn’t a driver on the road who hasn’t heard at one point or another that traveling above the speed limit is an easy way to cause a car accident. Whether exceeding the posted speed limit or simply driving too fast for current road conditions, speeding can have serious implications. This behavior is also extremely common as many people do not view disregarding posted speed limits as being unsafe. However, the reality is that speeding threatens the safety of the driver who chooses to do it. And unfortunately, in many circumstances it is not the person who is speeding whose life is most affected by his or her actions but instead, the people on the road around them.
What Example of a Speeding Tragedy Was Recently in the News?
The Miami Herald recently reported that a Hialeah man surrendered on a recent Monday to face allegations he killed a bicyclist in an early morning high-speed car crash on the MacArthur Causeway last fall. The 35-year-old driver of the Dodge Charger that caused the fatal hit-and-run was apparently traveling over 100 miles per hour at the time of the collision. The 50-year-old who perished in the accident was reportedly hit so hard by the force of the impact that he was decapitated.
How Serious Are the Implications of Speeding?
Data published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicates that speeding killed well over 9,000 people in 2018 alone. This risky behavior has consistently been involved in approximately one-third of all motor vehicle fatalities for more than two decades. In 2017, speeding was a contributing factor in more than a quarter of all traffic fatalities nationwide.
What Other Factors Should Be Considered in Regard to Operating a Vehicle at High Speeds?
In addition to understanding how serious the implications of speeding can be, it is also important for drivers to understand how speeding affects a driver’s ability to maintain control of the vehicle. For example:
- Driver reaction time is drastically reduced, meaning the faster you drive, the slower your reaction time will be if you need to prevent an auto accident.
- Because the vehicle is traveling so fast, the distance a vehicle travels while the driver reacts to a dangerous situation is greater.
- It is much more difficult for a driver to safely maneuver the vehicle around curbs, curves, and unexpected objects in the road.
Have You or Someone You Love Been Injured in an Accident Caused by a Speeding Driver?
Unfortunately, the higher the speed at impact, the more severe damages and injuries that accident victims like you are left to deal with unexpectedly. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury in an accident that was not your fault, it may be possible to seek compensation from the responsible parties. You have a legal right to protect yourself and your family financially in regard to your injury losses and expenses, including medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. We offer the help you need and you can depend on us as the Miami personal injury attorneys at the Pendas Law Firm. Reach out to us for help today.
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