Speeding causes 30% of all fatal accidents in the country. It is a behavior that is very common. When you are exceeding the speed limit on the road, and driving excessively fast you are greatly increasing your risk for an accident. Even the severity of a crash will be increased significantly with more speed, as reported by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
When the national speed limit was set at 55 mph in 1974, the result wasn’t just decreased fuel consumption but statistics showed that death in accidents decreased by 16%. When you speed, you have less time to react to changing situations and your environment. Driving makes for an unpredictable and ever-changing activity and it is important that you give yourself enough time to react appropriately when faced with an unexpected obstacle. Think about road construction. Sometimes the way traffic is altered around a site is confusing. If you are unaware that this is ahead of you on the road and you are driving too fast you won’t have time to comprehend how to manage the changes which are extremely dangerous.
It is important to adjust speed when you are experiencing inclement weather conditions. If it is slick, and icy outside but you don’t reduce your speed your car is nothing more than a 3,000 lb bullet on the road. It is also harder to see clearly at night. Speeding will easily make you miss something like a deer darting out into the road, or a child running out.
There is a reason that speeding leads to tickets, court time, and even loss of license with the potential of jail time for repeat and egregious offenders. Simply put, it is perilous and unwise to drive at high rates of speed. Further, if you are in an accident and it has been determined that you were speeding, this is considered a negligent and reckless act. You will be responsible for the injuries or loss of life caused by the accident.
You can only control yourself and your actions on the road. You cannot control the behavior of others. If you are hit by a speeding driver and you or a loved one is injured because of it you must contact an Arizona automobile accident injury lawyer at ELG have years of experience helping victims who are seriously injured by another party. The bilingual Phoenix serious injury attorneys are dedicated to fighting for justice on behalf of victims in the state of Arizona. We have represented Arizonians in countless personal injury cases for decades and we look forward to helping you too.
Call us at 623-562-3838 to set up your free consultation at either of our locations in Phoenix and Mesa, Arizona for your convenience.
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