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Driving above the posted speed limit may sound harmless, but statistics show that speeding is the leading cause of vehicular deaths in the United States. In fact, speeding frequently plays a part in no fewer than one-fifth of all fatal crashes in Delaware. Even when someone does not die after a car accident, he or she may be left with catastrophic injuries. This makes the act of speeding a dangerous, selfish choice for any driver on the road.
Speeding occurs for a wide variety of reasons and it happens in all age groups. One reason is impatience, which can make drivers more susceptible to trying to get around slower moving traffic. To some motorists, speeding may seem normal, especially when all the other cars on the highway appear to be going five or 10 miles above the speed limit.
Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs can also cause someone to speed. The same is true for distracted driving, such as when a driver texts or eats while driving. In both circumstances, the driver pays more attention to something other than the road.
What are other commonly cited speeder excuses? Anything from wanting to find a restroom to running late for a meeting may become explanations for speeding. However, these rationales do not hold up under scrutiny and ultimately put everyone on the road at risk.
Most speeders believe that they can slow down if needed. However, speeding causes a diminished reaction time. A driver who speeds has much less time to react to changing conditions. The faster a vehicle is traveling, the longer it will take to stop. Consequently, going just a few miles above the speed limit can mean the difference between avoiding an accident or becoming a statistic.
Motorists who consistently speed put their own wants and needs above those of their fellow travelers. Though it is impossible for safe drivers to completely avoid speeders, they can take a few measures to reduce the risk of colliding with a speeding vehicle.
First, motorists should steer clear of speeders and try to move out of their way. Allowing a speeder to pass quickly may be the wisest decision, rather than trying to slow the speeder down or keep up with the speeder.
Secondly, drivers who are being tailgated by a speeder will want to move out of the way as soon as possible. This can be difficult, especially on roads where passing is not allowed. If necessary, a driver should be prepared to take an exit, turn onto another road, or turn into a parking lot. This gets the driver away from the speeding vehicle permanently.
Finally, if a speeding motorist becomes hostile or harassing, the victimized driver can take recourse by having a passenger call 911. Highway aggression and speeding are often closely associated, alerting the authorities to inappropriate or frightening driving behaviors is important.
Were you seriously injured in a speeding accident? If so, it is crucial to contact one of our Bear car accident lawyers at Rhoades & Morrow to obtain legal counsel. Complete our online form or call us at 302-834-8484 to schedule a free consultation about your case. With offices located in Bear, Wilmington, and Milford, Delaware, we serve car accident victims in Middletown, Seaford, Dover, Milford, Hillsborough, Lewes, Rehoboth, Elsmere, and Seaford.
Speeding is not just an expensive nuisance resulting in fines, suspensions, and insurance rate increases for guilty drivers. Speeding also poses a very real danger to drivers, their passengers, and any others traveling in their vicinity. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), speed is a factor in more than one-quarter of all fatal car accidents nationwide.
Online insurance shopping platform Insurify analyzed nearly one-and-a-half million auto insurance applications nationwide, to identify twenty cities in the United States with the most speeding violations.
Seaford, Delaware was among them, coming in at number three.
Seaford, the Sussex County town with a population of 7,750, was home to 39 speeding-related fatalities in 2016. A staggering one-fifth of drivers in Seaford reported at least one speeding violation on their auto insurance application.
Despite the warnings about the risks of speeding, Americans do not seem to be getting the message. A recent AAA report found that more than half of drivers surveyed admitted to driving at least 15 miles per hour over the speed limit on the highway, and more than 18 percent said they did so often.
Many serious and fatal car accidents are not caused by human error. Poorly maintained roadways, hazardous weather conditions, and mechanical issues can lead to a crash.
However, many other types of motor vehicle accidents can be avoided with responsible driving habits. Collisions where speed is a factor can largely be prevented.
Like drunk driving, drowsy driving, and distracted driving, speeding increases the chance that the driver, or someone near the driver, will be killed or seriously injured in a collision. Even when a driver travels at just ten miles per hour over the speed limit, the risk of serious injuries rises significantly.
For example: A pedestrian hit by a car moving at 30 miles per hour has a 60 percent chance of surviving the accident; but that falls to 40 percent when the car is moving at 40 miles per hour. A speeding driver has less time to react to a hazard ahead to avoid a crash.
Traffic safety experts recommend increasing education about the dangers of speeding, making the consequences of speeding more severe, reducing speed limits in some high-crash areas, and adding more visible cues like speed bumps and crosswalks to protect everyone from the dangers of excessive speed.
If you have been harmed in a car accident due to another person’s distracted driving, drunk driving, or speeding, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Contact an experienced Bear car accident lawyer at Rhoades & Morrow to work on your behalf, so you can focus on healing emotionally and physically from your injuries.
Our team of skilled personal injury lawyers handle all types of motor vehicle accidents. To get started today, call 302-834-8484 or contact us online. We offer free case consultations at our offices in Bear, Wilmington, and Milford, and serve clients in Seaford, Elsmere, and across Delaware.