Speeding Accidents

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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than a quarter of all accident fatalities involve speeding. That equates to almost 10,000 deaths each year. Additionally, more than one-third of all accidents can be attributed to speeding. People speed for a bevy of reasons. What is clear, is that no matter the reason for speeding, it can be dangerous and deadly. Speeding can further exacerbate other errors in judgment like distracted driving. In fact, for every five seconds that you are traveling at 55 mph, you cover the length of a football field. This can have major implications if you are speeding in a pedestrian-heavy zone. Speeding accidents can cause irreparable damage to your finances and health. If you have suffered injuries due to another driver speeding, it is imperative that you seek legal counsel as soon as possible.

Speeding Accident Statistics

It is estimated that a little more than 110,000 people are issued speeding tickets each day. You have a 17% chance of being caught while speeding. Speeding tickets can have a negative impact on your immediate finances as well as your insurance rates. Additionally, it increases your likelihood of accidents and unnecessary injuries. Listed below are some pertinent statistics regarding speeding. The more informed each driver is, the more likely it is that they will adhere to posted speed limits and drive safely.

  1. About one speeding ticket is issued each second in the US
  2. Speeding increases the odds of getting into an accident by three times
  3. Most speeding accidents occur on roads and streets, not highways
  4. Crashes due to speeding cost the American taxpayer more than $40 billion each year
  5. Speed contributed to slightly more than 30% of teenage accidents
  6. Driving is the number one contributing factor in all traffic-related fatalities
  7. Drivers in the 15-20 age range were involved in the most speed-related fatalities
  8. Most speeding occurs closest to the home of the driver
  9. More than half of speed-related accidents are due to not following the posted speed limits. 45% are due to driving too fast for conditions (i.e. rain, sleet, snow, etc)
  10. Drivers go faster than 10 mph over the posted speed limit more than 50% of the time
Speeding Accident

Overall, accidents have decreased since the 1970s. However, there is still a disproportionate amount of fatal speeding accidents. Increased knowledge and safe driving practices can help to decrease senseless accidents due to speeding.   

How to Avoid Speeding Accidents

Speeding accidents can occur at any moment. While it is not possible to control other drivers, there are a few steps that you can take to be more alert of others and aware of your own speeding. While driving, it is important that you pay attention to posted speed limits and signs. That includes school zones as well as speed reduction warnings. In addition, it is imperative that you significantly slow your speeds during inclement weather and/or conditions that limit your field of vision. Also, leave early for appointments or scheduled events so you have less of a reason to be in a rush. If you notice other drivers excessively speeding, it is recommended that you avoid their path as much as possible. Speeding accidents can occur due to reckless driving, distracted driving and a host of other reasons. If you have suffered an injury due to another driver speeding, it is important that you work with an experienced personal injury attorney.

California Car Insurance Requirements

The State of California requires every driver to carry minimum insurances. They include at least $15,000 per person bodily injury coverage, $5,000 property damages coverage and uninsured motorist coverages (can be waived). If you have suffered an injury in an accident that involved an uninsured motorist, it can be difficult to recoup your damages. It is recommended that you reach out to a reputable personal injury attorney as soon as possible. The statute of limitations for personal injury cases in California is two years.

What to do if You Get into an Accident

If you get into an accident, it is important to secure your safety and the safety of others first. Ensure that you take pictures and collect evidence. In addition, exchange information with any other people involved in the accident. When you speak to the police, be forthcoming with the facts, but never admit fault. Contact an attorney as soon as possible and schedule an appointment with a doctor. Some injuries do not reveal themselves until your adrenaline has subsided, so it’s best to connect with a professional soon after an accident occurs. Just in case.

How to Find the Right Attorney

With so many attorneys vying for your business, it can be difficult to determine which one is the best for you. However, there are a few steps that you can take to help in your pursuit of a reputable personal injury attorney. When you are researching various lawyers, ensure that you pay attention to their online ratings and reviews. In addition, seek out referrals from trusted colleagues and friends. Once you have selected an attorney, look up their information and ensure that they are still active with the California State Bar. Additionally, inquire about their experience with cases that are similar to yours. It is important to work with an attorney that is experienced settling outside of the courtroom and fighting inside of one if necessary.

The attorneys at Timothy J Ryan & Associates are experienced and prepared to help you with your personal injury case. We are an award-winning personal injury law firm that is known for getting results while treating people right. Our attorneys help you to better advocate for yourself in the case of injury. If you have been injured due to the negligence of a speeding driver, give our attorneys a call to schedule your free consultation today.

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