Speeding Car Accidents
Speeding, defined as driving too fast for road conditions or exceeding the posted speed limit, is common in the U.S., as well as in Alabama. In a recent year, speeding was responsible for nearly 9,400 deaths in the United States. Despite the obvious dangers of speeding, and the fact that it endangers everyone on the road, 70% of drivers observed in a recent study exceeded the posted speed limit. Of that number, nearly 1 in 5 vehicles were speeding by more than 10 miles per hour over the speed limit.
If you or someone you love has been injured through no fault of your own at the hands of a speeding driver, call the Alabama speeding car accident attorneys at Hollis, Wright & Clay, P.C. at 844.LAW.TALK or 205.324.3600 or online here. Our attorneys will provide you with a free and confidential consultation and investigate your accident thoroughly to determine the monetary compensation you are due. As with all of our cases, we don't get paid unless we recover monetary damages for you.
Speeding and its Consequences
For the last two decades, speeding has been involved in approximately one-third of all motor vehicle fatalities. Speed affects a driver's safety even when driving the speed limit in the case that a driver is traveling too fast for the road conditions. In this case, police may cite, "driving too fast for conditions." While the same speed may be acceptable on dry or unaffected roadways, it is not safe in certain conditions. For instance: not taking extra caution on wet roads, in road repair areas, or at night, can all cause the rate of speed to come into play during an accident.
According to a recent study, speeding becomes an important factor in fatal crashes as road conditions worsen. In a recent year, speeding was a factor in fatal crashes for:
- 16% of drivers on dry roads,
- 19% of drivers on wet roads,
- 39% of drivers on roads with snow or slush,
- 40% of drivers on roads with moving or standing water,
- 41% of drivers on roads with mud, dirt, or gravel, and
- 43% of drivers on roads with ice or frost.
Unfortunately, speeding doesn't only affect the driver, but also everyone on the road with the speeding vehicle. Below are just a few of the consequences of speeding:
- Increased possibility of losing control of the vehicle;
- Reduced effectiveness of restraints;
- Increased degree of crash severity; and
- Increased fuel costs for the speeding driver.
Speeding Car Statistics
- Speed-related accidents cost Americans more than $40 billion each year.
- Teens are more likely than older drivers to speed and to allow for shorter following distances.
- More than 50% of the 5 million yearly car crashes in the United States are caused by aggressive drivers, with speeding being the most prevalent contributor.
- In a recent year, speed was a factor in 31% of teen traffic fatalities.
- More than 40% of surveyed drivers said they don't consider going 10 mph over the speed limit to be speeding. Another 10% said they don't think a 20-mph increase is speeding.
- Drivers in the 15-20 year-old age group had the highest representation in speed-related fatal crashes compared to any other group.
- Speeding continues to be the number one cited driver-related factor in fatal highway crashes.
A speeding car accident is an avoidable, and often times costly event—not to mention the possibility of causing serious injury and fatalities which are often associated with high-speed accidents. The speeding car accident attorneys at Hollis, Wright & Clay, P.C. are experienced in this type of accident and know how to get you and your family the maximum monetary compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and emotional distress. We will use investigators and an accident reconstructionist to create an exact timeline of your accident. It is of the utmost importance that you contact us as soon as possible after seeking medical attention. Evidence and witnesses need to be accessed as soon as possible after an accident.
If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a speeding car accident—or any other accident—call the attorneys at Hollis, Wright & Clay, P.C. at 844.LAW.TALK or 205.324.3600 or contact us online here. You can also fill out this form so that we can evaluate your case.