Speeding and aggressive driving can lead to car accidents. Victims of car accidents caused by negligent drivers who were speeding or driving aggressively can suffer serious injuries and extensive damages which is why victims should be familiar with personal injury legal protections and how they may be able to help them.
Speeding is a leading cause of fatal accidents
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), during 2019 nearly 9,500 victims were killed in fatal speeding-related car accidents. During 2019, speed was a contributing factor in 26% of traffic fatalities. For greater than two decades, speeding has been a factor in approximately one-third of all fatal car accidents.
However, driving at the speed limit also does not always mean safer driving. There are instances when speed needs to be reduced because of roadway, traffic or weather conditions including at night and if the roadway is poorly lit. Speeding creates a greater potential for losing control of the vehicle; increases stopping distance after the driver perceives a danger; and increases the degree of crash severity leading to more severe injuries and outcomes. There are also a variety of economic implications associated with a speed-related car accident.
Aggressive driving can also lead to similar dangers and outcomes. Aggressive driving doesn’t affect only the aggressive driver. It may also cause other drivers on the road to swerve, brake suddenly or otherwise act erratically in order to get out of the way of aggressive driver. In so doing, they may inadvertently cause an accident. And, of course, aggressive driving can lead to danger to pedestrians and others.
Help for victims of speeding and aggressive drivers
Speeding and driving do not mix and speeding and aggressive drivers who cause car accidents may be considered negligent and liable for the damages they cause victims. A personal injury claim for damages can help victims of aggressive and speeding drivers recover compensation for their physical, financial and emotional damages. Legal protections may also be available to help surviving family members of loved ones lost in a speed-related crash. These are important resources for unsuspecting victims of drivers who are going too fast to be familiar with.