The Dangers of Car Accidents Involving Speeding
Car accidents are a problem across the nation. However, on average, few other states experience as many car accident-related deaths as Texas. These accidents can also cause serious or catastrophic injuries.
Car accidents cost injury victims billions of dollars in financial losses each year. In many cases, injured victims deal with the effects of their injuries for the rest of their lives. While any car accident has the potential to end or damage a person’s life, speeding has been shown to significantly increase the dangers of an accident.
The attorneys at Ramey Law Firm understand the dangers of car accidents and speeding. Contact our Dallas, TX practice for a case review.
How Speeding Impacts Driver Reaction
There are many ways in which speeding can increase the chances of an accident. One of the greatest impacts that speeding has on driving is that it takes away the amount of time that a driver has to react to situations.
When driving, unexpected obstacles can occur at any moment. A car can swerve into a driver’s lane of traffic, another car can come to a sudden stop, or something can come flying into the road. In all of these situations, reaction time is key.
Speeding decreases the amount of time drivers have to avoid collisions. It also increases the distance that it takes to bring the vehicle to a complete stop. In addition, it makes it more difficult to maneuver the vehicle. All of this significantly increases the likelihood that a speeding vehicle will be involved in an accident.
Speeding and Accident Impact
Speed has a direct effect on the impact created during the accident. For example, a vehicle traveling at 50 mph creates an impact that is roughly four times greater than that caused by a vehicle traveling at 25 mph.
Speeding and Accident Fatalities
Accident injuries in a collision involving speeding tend to be extremely high, but what is worse, many of these accidents cause wrongful death.
It is estimated that nearly a third of all accident fatalities are related to speeding. According to a study conducted by the University of California at Berkley, for every 1 percent of increase in speed, the chance of an accident increases by 2 percent, and the chance of accident fatality increases by 4 percent.
These facts further highlight the importance of following posted speed limits and adjusting speed as necessary to accommodate weather and road conditions.
If you are experiencing physical, emotional, and financial hardships as a result of car accident injuries, you may be due compensation for your damages. Contact us at your earliest convenience to discuss the details of your accident and learn more about your legal options. Call (972) 437-5577 to set up a personal consultation with one of the experienced attorneys at the Ramey Law Firm.