The impact caused by a vehicle traveling at high speed often results in deadly consequences, civil lawsuits and criminal charges against the driver especially if negligence is involved. In fact, the faster the vehicle is speeding, the less time everyone has to react to the situation. If they can be determined that the speeder’s behavior was both calculated and delivered, and yet they still chose to ignore the danger they can be held both criminally and civilly at fault.
While it is obvious that traveling at excessive speeds is foolishly dangerous that likely ends with catastrophic results, traveling over the speed limit by just five miles an hour in some situations can be just as catastrophic if not more. Many rows are built by traffic engineers following strict guidelines on safe travel. Curves, hazards and other conditions of the roadway including its elevation are factored into its designed to allow safe conditions while traveling no more than the posted speed limit.
Statistics maintained by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicate that every motorist is tempted at some point to exceed the posted speed limit and often does speed while traveling long distances. These statistics indicate that there is not one specific age group that speeds more than others on highways and rural countryside roads.
Another study published by the IIHS (Insurance Institute of Highway Safety) notes that there is a specific relationship between the severity of the crash and the speed of the traveling vehicle at the time of the incident that are all factored by the laws of physics. In short, the faster rate of speed the vehicle traveling, the more severe the impact will be at the time of the collision that often results in serious injuries and fatalities. In fact, in 1974, the United States Congress established a speed limit of no more than 55 miles per hour for all roads nationwide as a way to conserve fuel. During that time period, traffic fatalities were reduced by more than 16 percent due to the slower speeds.
Adequate Time to Stop
One of vehicles traveling at an excessive speed, it often takes significantly longer for it to come to a complete stop. This could potentially result in a serious crash that otherwise could have been avoided. In addition, the excess speed also causes the motorist to lose control when performing certain maneuvers including making a turn.
The excess speed also reduces the amount of time the motorist has to react to any unexpected emergency or change in traffic conditions. In nearly every incident, traveling at excessive speeds is a major contributing factor in most accidents that otherwise could have been prevented had the driver been operating their vehicle at the posted slower speed.
Not Accounting for outside Conditions
Anytime a motorist is traveling at an excessive speed over and above the posted speed limit, they are typically traveling much too fast for current conditions. As an example, adverse weather including fog, ice, sleet, snow and rain can make driving treacherous when operating a vehicle at a rate higher than the posted speed limit.
Additionally, other outside factors can make the roadway significantly more dangerous especially when conditions and events including road construction areas and traffic accidents are reducing the common flow of traffic. Motorists who continue to travel at a speed unacceptable for the current conditions place themselves at risk along with everyone else sharing the roadway.
Legal Assistance for Victims
Impatiently tailgating, traveling faster than the posted speed limit or reckless driving never saves time, but only puts others at risk for unnecessary injuries or death.Any victim who suffers injuries or surviving family members who of lost loved ones in a speeding accident are likely entitled to receive financial compensation.
However, handling automobile accident claims involving speeding can be complex and often requires an accident reconstruction expert to determine which parties are at fault for the injuries or death. Nearly all speeding-related accidents are handled in civil court or negotiated with the claims adjuster to ensure fair compensation is provided to the victim.