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Why Speeding Is An Accident Risk


A common form of reckless driving, many travel at speeds higher than posted speed limits. Sometimes it is unintentional and a driver is speeding without realizing they are doing so, but others intentionally drive fast, either to race to an appointment or simply because they enjoy driving at high speeds so they choose to ignore legal limits that are in place to protect the public.

Adhering to Florida traffic laws is an essential part of staying safe. Speeding is one of the leading causes of motor vehicle accidents, and driving too fast not only increases the chance of a crash, but it increases the severity of traffic accidents. If you were involved in a Florida speed-related accident, talk to a Delray Beach personal injury attorney about your accident expenses and what settlement options are available.

Losing Control of a Vehicle

When a vehicle is traveling at a high speed, it will take the driver longer to stop, which increases the chances of a crash. There is also the possibility of control loss if an emergency maneuver is required to avoid striking another vehicle or an object on the road. And the force of impact will be greater when a driver is speeding, which elevates the risk of serious injuries should a collision occur.

Additionally, when a driver is speeding, their speed decreases the amount of time they have to react to a potential hazard. Traveling at excessive speeds means it takes the vehicle operator longer to recognize a hazard and respond, which decreases their chances of avoiding the hazard altogether.

There are wide-reaching impacts when drivers speed, and the consequences can be far more serious than a speeding ticket.

  • Extensive physical harm and property damage when there is a speed-related accident.
  • Safe driving means every vehicle has enough space to maneuver, speeding closes up gaps too quickly.
  • Auto makers create safety features to help keep drivers and passengers safe, but they are designed for use within legal speed restrictions; safety features may not be as effective when a person is traveling at an illegally high speed.

Experts analyze a range of factors when establishing speed limits in the state of Florida and throughout the country. Traffic flow and stopping distances within traffic areas are assessed, for example. To travel safely, it is essential everyone follows posted signage, including traveling within set speed perimeters.

Talk to a Delray Beach Attorney About Speed-Related Damages

After a collision injury, due to speeding or another reason, talk to a Delray Beach personal injury attorney about safeguarding your financial future through a personal injury settlement.

What damage recovery options do you have following a speed-related accident? Whether you were speeding or another driver was traveling too fast, talk to the skilled attorneys at Earnhart Law in Delray Beach about moving forward with an insurance claim or lawsuit. With over 30 years of experience handling personal injury cases, the lawyers at Earnhart Law will fight for your rights each step of the way. To schedule your no-cost consultation, call 561-265-2220 or contact us online.

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