Delaware Car Accident Lawyers Obtain Justice for Victims of Speeding Accidents
Speeding is a factor in more than one-quarter of fatal car accidents in the United States. Excess speed not only puts the driver at risk, but also endangers the lives of the drivers and pedestrians around them. Speed increases both the risk and intensity of a crash. Doubling the speed of a moving car increases its force in a crash by four times.
Further, speeding limits a driver’s ability to control a vehicle, reduces the effectiveness of seatbelts and other safety equipment, and increases the likelihood of catastrophic and fatal injuries during an accident.
Aggressive Driving and Speeding Accidents
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), one-third of all traffic accidents attributed to human error involve aggressive driving behaviors like speeding. Further, tailgating, brake-checking, cutting off other cars and other aggressive behaviors often go hand-in-hand with speeding.
Speeding poses obvious risks to the drivers and those around them. It also has practical consequences. Criminal and legal penalties for speeding and aggressive drivers vary from state to state but are generally severe and increase with each infraction. Delaware is no exception.
Consequences of Speeding
Speeding has far-reaching effects on the driver’s ability to prevent a crash and protect the lives of themselves and others.
Some of the consequences of speeding include:
- Greater chances of losing control of the vehicle
- Increasing the severity of impact in an accident
- Limiting the efficacy of seatbelts and other safety equipment
- Requiring increased stopping distance to avoid hazards
- Financial and property loss resulting from a crash
Speeding and Car Accident Injuries
Speeding increases the risk of a car accident and intensifies the physical impact to the people involved in that crash. Personal injuries are more likely to be severe in high-speed accidents. The faster a vehicle is moving prior to a crash the more energy will be exerted upon impact.
The human body withstands some of these external forces. When those forces exceed the body’s threshold, though, injuries occur. Speed, seatbelts, the size of the vehicles involved, and the nature of the collision all play a role in the severity of physical injuries.
Preventing Speeding Accidents
Slowing down is the simplest and most effective way to not only avoid a car accident, but to reduce its impact to all involved. But there is more to speeding. Overall lifestyle habits and attitude toward driving changes the way we perceive our daily commute.
Traffic, delays, and the anonymity that our vehicles provide make us more likely to speed up. Encounters with aggressive drivers can also trigger our own reckless driving behaviors. Changing your approach to driving can reduce your urge to speed and help you reach your destination safe and sound.
Here are some tips for becoming more patient and courteous behind the wheel:
- Give yourself plenty of travel time
- Practice stress-reduction techniques
- Make your ride enjoyable by listening to music or audio books (but do not allow them to distract you)
- Avoid engaging with aggressive drivers
- Seek help if anger becomes a chronic issue
Unfortunately, even the most cautious and responsible drivers are sometimes the victims of speeding and reckless drivers. Speeding accident injuries may interfere with a victim’s ability to live independently and enjoy the physical activities they once did before the crash. Car accident victims have the right to seek compensation from the dangerous driver that caused their injuries.
After a speeding accident, injured victims and their loved ones are advised to seek the legal guidance of an experienced Delaware car accident lawyer at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC to prove their claim and recover damages for medical care and pain and suffering.
According to current data, more can be done to raise awareness about the risks of speeding and other reckless driving behaviors. More than half of drivers consider driving at least 10 miles per hour over the speed limit to be acceptable. Yet speeding accidents can leave victims with painful and debilitating injuries of the head, neck, and spine that require hospitalization, surgery, or lifelong care.
Delaware Car Accident Lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC Assist Victims of Car Accidents Caused by Speeding
The physical and financial impact of a speeding accident can be devastating for victims and their families. The Delaware car accident lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC protect the rights of motor vehicle accident victims to seek compensation for their injuries. To learn the best legal course of action after your car accident, schedule a free initial consultation by calling 302-888-1221 or contact us online to schedule an appointment.
From our office in Wilmington we assist clients in Newark, Middletown, Dover, and across Delaware. We also work with clients throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey.