Speeding happens on an every day basis, often without the drivers thinking how this behavior can cause or exacerbate a car accident. Here’s what you need to know about speeding and its relation to car accidents, and what you should do if you’ve been hurt in a car crash.
Why is Speeding So Dangerous?
While going just a couple miles per hour over the speed limit is unlikely to cause an accident, much higher speeds can impact a driver’s ability to take on tight curves in the road, avoid roadway obstacles like debris or animals, or stop suddenly in an emergency. Drivers who speed have less control over their vehicles and significant increases in reaction time. With all of these things combined, you have a recipe for disaster.
Speeding Makes Car Accidents Worse
Even if speeding isn’t the cause of a car accident, when one or both cars involved in the crash are going above the posted speed limit, the accident is more likely to result in serious injury. Bones are more easily broken and internal injuries are likelier at higher speeds, and common car problems like whiplash and bruising tend to be exacerbated as well.
If You Are Speeding and an Accident Occurs, You Could Be Found Liable
If you are involved in a car accident where speeding was found to be the cause, you may be held liable for the injuries and damages that occurred as a result. Even if speeding wasn’t the primary cause of the crash, you may still be held partially legally liable. It is important to keep this in mind when driving and choosing what speed you will travel at.
What to Do If You or a Loved One Were Injured in a Speed Related Car Accident
If you or someone you love have been injured in a car accident where speed was the primary cause or played a role in the accident, it is important that you speak with an experienced car accident attorney as soon as possible to learn more about your rights and protect your best interests.
At Chalker Injury Law, we will provide you with comprehensive legal representation that you can count on. Contact our office today for a consultation to discuss your needs in detail with an attorney by calling (678) 319-9991.