How speed contributes to catastrophic injuries and fatalities
Driving at high speeds makes accidents more likely. That’s why speed limits exist – to keep motorists safe on the road. When drivers travel at high speeds, they have less time to react to changing circumstances on the road and may need to swerve or slam on the brakes to avoid obstacles. Moreover, a speeding vehicle is more difficult to control and takes more time and distance to slow or stop.
Speeding drivers on highways with a large volume of traffic can cause deadly multi-vehicle crashes, but speed can play a role even on rural roads and side streets in suburban areas. In poor conditions such as rain or fog, speeding is even more dangerous.
When drivers speed, they not only increase the risk of an accident but also increase the danger of a catastrophic injury or fatality. At higher speeds, the force involved in the accident increases exponentially. While even low-speed collisions can cause serious injuries, the more force involved, the more likely it is that someone will be seriously injured or killed.
You have legal rights. We’ll help protect them.
After an accident caused by a speeding driver, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages and other expenses due to your injuries. If the driver who hit you was acting especially recklessly – for instance, by driving at an unreasonably high speed or weaving in and out of traffic – an experienced attorney may even be able to pursue punitive damages, which are designed to punish the reckless driver and send a strong message to the community.
Remember that personal injury claims arising from high-speed accidents move fast. Evidence disappears. Witnesses’ memories fade. That’s why you need an attorney on your side as soon as possible. Contact us today. Call 1-800-898-HAYS.