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Speeding Increases the Risk of Fatalities


Speeding Increases the Risk of Fatalities

I’m Ed Smith, an Orangevale personal injury lawyer. Speeding is dangerous and is involved as a factor in 33 percent of all fatal accidents. It’s important to know that exceeding the speed limit increases the risk of fatalities in a crash incrementally. In other words, the faster the vehicle, the more likely fatalities will occur in an accident.

Dangers of Driving Too Fast

In the year 2015, 9,957 people died due to speeding, approximately 27 percent of the total number of fatalities. The U.S. Department of Transportation reports that 10,111 persons died in 2016 in accidents where speeding contributed to the crash. This represents a 4-percent increase over the previous year. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that speeding has occurred in one-quarter of all crash fatalities since 2005. The reasons speeding is so dangerous are:

  • The protective devices in a vehicle are significantly less effective at high speeds. This includes seat belts and air bags.
  • At higher speeds, the ability to maintain control of your vehicle is reduced.
  • The distance it takes to stop when a driver determines that a dangerous situation lays ahead is increased.
  • At higher speeds, the severity of a crash will be greater.
  • Greater property damage results from high-speed crashes
  • Injuries are more severe in high-speed accidents.

Why People Speed

Many reasons are available to answer this question. Some of the most common are:

  • Congested Roads: Drivers often become agitated when traffic is congested, and some retaliate with aggressive driving, including speeding and zipping in and out of traffic lanes.
  • Tardiness: With today’s overbooked schedules, it is common for people to be late, and make up for it by speeding.
  • Anger: Road rage has become more common than ever before, and drivers are behaving in a way that puts themselves and others at risk. Speeding is just one example of anger on the road.

Speeding in Sacramento County

The California Office of Traffic Safety maintains traffic records around the state on accident injuries and fatalities. According to their 2014 data, which is the latest year that it has been reported, there were 11,710 deaths and injuries caused by traffic accidents in Sacramento County. However, 2,923 of those fatalities or injuries involved speeders. This placed Sacramento County in the number one position for speeders in the state of California.

How Speed Affects Braking Distance

Speeding makes it harder to stop. When you double your speed, the stopping distance is quadrupled. Generally speaking, when you are traveling at 55 mph, it takes you roughly 302 feet before you can come to a complete stop. Stopping distance is governed by the time it takes for you to see a reason to stop and your reaction time. The speed of the vehicle and its weight are other factors. Speeding not only affects you but it also affects other drivers. At higher speeds, it becomes harder for another driver to judge the speed at which you are traveling and distance between your vehicle and theirs.

How Weather Affects the Speed Limit

Speed limits are not meant for bad weather days. In inclement weather, you can get a speeding ticket when you are traveling at the speed limit. Under California vehicle code 22350, drivers are admonished for speeding under conditions where the speed limit might be dangerous such as weather, visibility and heavy traffic. If you are caught speeding in California, you not only receive a traffic ticket but you will get a one point violation. If you are traveling at or above 100 mph, you will get two points.

Orangevale Personal Injury Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, an Orangevale personal injury lawyer. If you or a family member has been harmed by a reckless driver, you are facing the financial consequences of their negligence. An experienced injury lawyer can help. Phone me at (916) 921-6400 locally or (800) 404-5400 nationwide. I offer friendly and free advice. You can also reach me online, if that is more convenient.

I’ve practiced law since 1982, and in that time, I’ve helped many Northern Californians, including residents of Orangevale, with motorcycle and pedestrian accidents as well as wrongful death cases. I’ve also worked to obtain just compensation for injuries suffered in catastrophic accidents such as brain injury.

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