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Speeding’s Effect On Auto Accidents

Any auto accidents can result in serious injuries and property damage. However, some factors contribute to the risk involved, greatly increasing the danger. One of the most influential aspects of damage resulting from a car, truck, or motorcycle accident is the speed at which the vehicles were traveling. When even one of the automobiles is speeding, drivers and passengers face a much higher risk of serious injuries or death.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 10,219 lives were lost across the U.S. in speeding-related car accidents in 2012. They added that speeding was a contributing factor in 30% of fatal accidents for that year. 37% of male drivers between 15 and 24 years old that were involved in a fatal accident were speeding at the time of the accident. In Texas alone, over 1,200 fatalities occurred in accidents involving speeding in 2009, while nearly 70 occurred in New Mexico.

The statistics make it easy to see that speeding is a serious contributor to fatal accidents. Some of these deaths may have been avoided if the drivers had been respecting the posted speed limit.

Travelling at high speeds impacts the circumstances of an accident in a number of ways. Higher speeds mean that when a vehicle collides with an object, more force is exerted on both that object and the vehicle. The higher the speed, the harder the impact. Speeding also shrinks the driver’s time to react to a risky situation. Even the more careful drivers can make mistakes, and if a child runs into the road, a car pulls out unexpectedly, or traffic suddenly stops, higher speeds mean a shorter window to break or maneuver around the hazard. In addition, higher speeds increase the risk of losing control of the vehicle, particularly on wet roads.

Lubbock Accident Attorneys

There’s no excuse for speeding and endangering the lives of everyone on the road. If you’ve been injured in an auto accident by someone who was speeding in auto accidents in Texas or New Mexico, you may be able to hold them liable for their irresponsible actions. The Lubbock accident attorneys at Liggett Law Firm can help you seek out compensation for the damages caused by speeding on the road.