Speeding A Leading Factor in Car Accidents and Injuries
Busy schedules and the demands of work, school, or family obligations can cause all of us to feel pressured and harried at times. Unfortunately, rushing to get to the places we need to be puts and other drivers on the road in danger, and makes car accidents and injuries more likely to occur.
The Dangers Of Speeding
According to the Florida Integrated Report Exchange System (FIRE), more than 200,000 car accidents occur each year within the state, and speeding is a significant factor in more than 20 percent. This may involve any of the following:
- Going over posted speed limits;
- Driving too fast for weather conditions;
- Failing to reduce speeds in construction or school zones;
- Racing through parking lots.
As a result of driving fast, you have less time to respond to traffic tie ups or sudden changes made by other motorists and are more likely to skid or lose control of your vehicle. Seat belts, air bags and other safety devices are less likely to be effective, and the faster you are going, the more severe the impact will be. Going even ten miles over the limit can make serious and potentially life threatening injuries more likely to occur.
Speeding: A Common Type Of Aggressive Driving
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that nearly 10,000 people lose their lives as the result of speeding each year. The NHTSA classifies speeding as a form of aggressive driving, which includes tailgating, improper passing, and failure to yield.
What makes otherwise rational people risk their own lives, that of their passengers, and others on the road in the effort to get to their destination a little more quickly? The NHTSA states the following are often to blame:
- Frustration with traffic tie ups or delays, which can cause you to go faster than is safe or attempt to ‘make up for lost time’ once traffic is cleared;
- Anonymity behind the wheel, which can embolden otherwise rational people to go at high rates of speed or race past other drivers;
- Disregard for the law in favor of our own interests, such as speeding through yellow lights or going over the speed limit in order to meet appointments or deadlines.
When speed related accidents do occur, at fault drivers can be held liable for any injuries or property damages that result through either an insurance claim or a personal injury lawsuit. In cases involving high rates of speed and traffic fatalities, the court may award additional compensation to victims in the form of punitive damages, meant to punish the at fault driver and discourage others from engaging in the same type of behavior.
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If you are involved in an accident due to the reckless actions of another driver, contact the Wexler Law Firm, P.A., right away. Attorney Gregg Wexler provides the aggressive legal representation you need to protect your rights, while you focus on recovering from your injuries. Serving West Palm Beach and the surrounding areas, call or contact us online to request a free consultation today.