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How Speeding Can Lead to Accidents

How Speeding Can Lead to Accidents

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Everyone is in a hurry from time to time when on the road. It is easy to get frustrated with delays in getting somewhere and try to make up the time by speeding when possible. After all, it won’t hurt anyone, or will it? In 2018 alone, speeding killed 9,378 people on roads in the United States, according to information released by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA). If you recently became a part of similar statistics, you can benefit from meeting with a well-versed Huntsville car accident lawyer as soon as possible.

The Problems with Speeding

Speeding, even only slightly above the speed limit, can lead to car accidents and injuries for several reasons. Sometimes more than one of these factors is involved in an accident. When drivers speed there is:

  1. More potential for loss of vehicle control
  2. Reduced effectiveness of occupant protection equipment such as airbags and seatbelts
  3. Increased stopping distance after the driver realizes that they need to stop
  4. An increase in the risk of crash severity which leads to more severe injuries

Speeding is an aggressive driving behavior. It might seem harmless, and the driver may not have any ill intentions; however, it can cost people their quality of life or even their life. Trying to make up some lost time by speeding or ignoring the speed limit is a momentary decision that has the potential to ruin lives forever. Victims can find an advocate when they hire a Huntsville car accident attorney to pursue monetary compensation for their damages.

Why Speed Matters

Many drivers do not stop to think about how speed puts them at a greater risk of causing or being involved in an accident. For many, speeding, especially only a few miles per hour, seems like no big deal. They don’t stop to think about the severe ramifications these actions can cause. 

Drivers who are exceeding the posted speed limit are more likely to swerve into oncoming traffic or barriers. The more they exceed the speed limit, the more serious the accident can be. Rollover accidents can be caused by speeding drivers who lose control over their vehicles. The faster a car is driven, the more time and distance are required to bring a vehicle to a complete stop. Drivers who are speeding may not see other cars stop or debris on the roadway in time to slow down and stop safely. 

Injured in a Car Accident? Let a Seasoned Huntsville Car Accident Lawyer Help

Driving at speeds that greatly exceed the posted speed limit is irrefutably dangerous. However, speeding that does not significantly exceed the speed limit is also dangerous. Whether the party that caused your accident was excessively speeding or only going a few miles per hour over the speed limit, you still have a valid personal injury claim. At Cloud, Ryan & Rouse, we pride ourselves in providing legal assistance that zealously pursues justice and compensation for the injuries of our clients. If you were recently injured in a speeding accident, do not procrastinate when it comes to seeking legal help. Call 256-801-1000 or use our online contact form to schedule your car accident consultation today with an experienced.

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