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How speeding impacts car accidents

On Behalf of | Jul 3, 2024 | Firm News |

As a driver, you may have experienced the temptation to push the speed limit. However, understanding the severe consequences of speeding can help you make safer choices and protect yourself from devastating accidents.

The devastating impact of speed on collisions

Speeding has been involved in about a third of all motor vehicle fatalities for over 20 years. It was a contributing factor in 29% of all traffic fatalities in 2022 alone, killing 12,151 people.

Increasing your speed dramatically amplifies the impact force in a collision. This heightened force can lead to more severe injuries, extensive vehicle damage and a higher likelihood of fatalities. Even a slight increase in speed can significantly affect the outcome of an accident.

Protecting your rights and finances

If you have been involved in a speed-related accident, you may find yourself facing staggering medical bills, lost wages and emotional trauma. Understanding your rights and options is crucial for seeking compensation.

Insurance companies may attempt to minimize their coverage. This may lead you to struggle to cover expenses. An experienced attorney may help you fight for the maximum compensation you deserve. Your lawyer can help you navigate the complex legal process.

Steps to safeguard yourself and others

  • Always obey posted speed limits
  • Adjust your speed for weather conditions
  • Leave plenty of space between vehicles
  • Avoid distractions while driving

Following the abovementioned guidelines, you may significantly reduce your risk of a speed-related accident.

The consequences of speeding extend far beyond potential tickets or fines. Your life and the lives of others are at stake every time you get behind the wheel. By making a conscious effort to drive at safe speeds, you protect not only yourself but also your fellow motorists and pedestrians from car accidents.

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