Drivers that chose to travel above the posted speed limit on local roads, interstates, and highways are responsible for the deaths of over 10,000 people across the United States each year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that one-third of all fatal traffic accidents are a direct result of speeding; and despite strict law enforcement efforts, speeding deaths continue to rise.
Speeding endangers everyone on the road, and the risk of becoming involved in a fatal car accident increases dramatically when drivers fail to obey posted speed limits. Victims and families of those killed in speeding accidents may be entitled to compensation to help cover the costs of medical bills and lost wages. The South Jersey car accident lawyers at Williams Cedar are dedicated to helping victims claim the maximum amount of compensation available under the law.
Why Do People Speed?
There is no justifiable reason to drive above the speed limits posted on local roads, interstates, and highways. Doing so significantly increases the risk of getting into a serious car accident. Unfortunately, those who obey the speed limits are sometimes injured by another speeding driver. Some of the most common factors in speed-related crashes include:
- Running late to work or social engagements
- Distracted driving
- Aggressive driving and road rage
- Driving too fast for weather or road conditions
- Feeling of entitlement on toll roads
- Medical or personal emergencies
- Disregard for laws and law enforcement
- Traffic congestion
Consequences for Speeding
Driving above the posted speed limit puts everyone in danger of a serious or fatal car accident. Drivers of speeding cars often lose control of their vehicle, which causes them to run off the road or slam into a vehicle in an adjacent lane. The risk of a rear-end collision also increases when speeding vehicles must stop suddenly. Cars and trucks that are traveling at dangerous speeds will not have time to react to unexpected obstructions, such as debris in the road, pedestrians crossing intersections, or animals appearing suddenly in the roadway.
Law enforcement officers have an increased risk of being injured when trying to apprehend a speeding driver. To catch the offender, the police officer is forced to travel at excessive speeds. Despite flashing lights and sirens, serious and sometimes fatal car accidents happen in these situations.
When a speeding vehicle collides with another vehicle, or slams into a guardrail, tree, or wall, the impact can cause catastrophic injuries. Head and spinal cord injuries, broken bones, internal organ damage, severe cuts or lacerations, and burns can cause permanent disability, disfigurement, and death. Recovery from these types of injuries often involves surgery, hospitalization, prescription medication, and ongoing physical and cognitive therapy. Lost wages and medical bills quickly add up, compounding the trauma to the victim and their family.
If you encounter a speeding driver on the road, it is best to steer clear and allow them to pass. If the speeding vehicle is in a lane beside you, it is best to move over to another lane, leaving ample space between your car and theirs. If possible, pull over and call 911 to report the driver so that law enforcement can set up a patrol car to apprehend the offender.
National and Local Speed Management Programs to Reduce Speeding
The NHTSA, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) have joined together to provide state and local governments with speed management programs aimed at reducing and eliminating the fatal consequences of speeding. This program is currently available and offers training that includes:
- Understanding the connection between speed and safety
- Road design and engineering procedures for facilitating safe roads
- Training on how to set realistic and safe speed limits
- Strong law enforcement policies to enforce speed limits
- Use of technology, such as cameras and speed detectors to deter speeding
- Tips on marketing the safety program to the public to build awareness and encourage cooperation
South Jersey Car Accident Lawyers at Williams Cedar Represent Victims Injured in Speeding Accidents
Speeding is one of the leading causes of traffic fatalities, and one of the most preventable causes of serious and fatal car accidents. The South Jersey car accident lawyers at Williams Cedar are dedicated to helping victims injured in speeding accidents claim the maximum amount of compensation available under the law. Our Philadelphia and Haddonfield, New Jersey offices serve clients throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and across the nation. Call us at 215-557-0099 or 856-470-9777 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation today.