If you’ve ever driven a motor vehicle, chances are you’re guilty of speeding at some point or another, even if you’ve never been caught. Although many people believe that speed limit signs are “suggestions,” they’re really there for a reason. Speeding can make accidents much worse, even causing deaths. Here’s what you need to know about speeding and car accidents, and what to do if you or a loved one were hurt in a crash caused by someone who was speeding.
What Makes Speeding Such a Problem?
When a person is driving at an increased speed, it is difficult to maintain control over the vehicle or to manage the road. While this isn’t a huge problem on straight highways, it becomes a bigger issue on roads with tight curves and blind spots. Speeding also decreases a driver’s ability to make an emergency stop; speeding in poor weather conditions makes it even easier to lose control over the car.
Why Does Speeding Make a Car Accident Worse?
When speeding isn’t the direct cause of a car accident, it is certainly a factor that contributes to the seriousness of the accident. Collisions that occur at higher speeds tend to result in more serious or even fatal injuries, to one or more passengers in the car. Serious injuries can potentially cause life-long disabilities, including spinal cord injuries, broken bones, and whiplash.
Determining Liability in a Car Accident Claim That Involves Speeding
Anyone who was found to be speeding prior to a car accident — whether or not that caused or contributed to the car accident — may be found fully or partially liable for the accident. If you or a loved one were injured in a car accident where speeding was a factor, it’s important to work with an experienced car accident attorney to explore options for bringing forward a claim for compensation.
Contact the Slonaker Law Firm Today for More Information
At the Slonaker Law Firm, we have the experience and resources needed to help you navigate through the complexities of obtaining compensation for your injuries or the death of a loved one that was killed in a car accident caused by speeding. Contact us today for a consultation at (352) 629-6656.