Speeding is a leading cause of car accidents that greatly increases the risk of death or injury for motorists in Texas. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), speeding is a major factor in approximately a third of all traffic fatalities. It also plays a major role in serious injuries caused by car accidents.
Not only does speeding cause crashes, but it can also make accidents worse when they do happen. The speed of a vehicle is directly related to the impact it causes in a crash, which affects the extent of personal injuries in many cases.
If you have been injured in a car accident that was caused by a driver who was speeding, you may be entitled to recover compensation for your injuries – even if the driver was not ticketed for speeding or was ticketed but had it thrown out. At Kraft & Associates, P.C., we have handled thousands of automobile accident cases during our decades of legal practice.
Let the law offices of Kraft & Associates, P.C., advise you about your legal rights. We’re an established and professional law firm with friendly lawyers and staff who are easy to talk to. Please call us at (214) 999-9999 or contact us online now for a free consultation.
Most drivers are tempted to exceed the speed limit at one time or another. According to a study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), it is fairly common for drivers to engage in some speeding on any given trip. NHTSA also reports that speeding does not appear to be limited to any age group, to rural or high-speed roadways, or to any group defined by attitudes such as recklessness or risk-seeking.
In a study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), it was noted that there is no doubt about the relationship between vehicle speed and crash severity, based on the laws of physics. The higher the speed of travel, the greater the impact of collision, and the more serious the resulting injuries can be. The study noted that, after Congress established a nationwide 55 mph speed limit for the purpose of fuel conservation in 1974, traffic fatalities declined 16 percent.
The study also concluded that the risk of being injured in a traffic crash was lowest for motorists traveling near or below median speed, and increased significantly for those traveling at higher speeds.
The faster a vehicle is traveling, the longer it takes to stop it, potentially resulting in a crash that could have been avoided. Excess speed can also cause a driver to lose control in a turn or when making another maneuver. It also reduces the time a driver has to react to changes in traffic or unexpected emergencies. Speeding is a contributing factor in many accidents that could have been avoided if motorists were driving at slower speeds.
Speeding is more than just exceeding the posted speed limit. It also means traveling too fast for conditions. For example, weather conditions – such as rain, snow, sleet, ice or fog – could make driving at the posted speed limit dangerous. Vehicle speed must be reduced in order to drive safely under existing conditions, whatever those conditions may be.
Other factors that could affect the safe speed of travel are road conditions and events such as traffic accidents or road construction that significantly reduce the flow of traffic. A driver who does not reduce vehicle speed to adapt to conditions is putting him or herself at risk, as well as other motorists.
If you have suffered injuries or lost a loved one in an accident caused by a driver who was speeding or driving too fast for conditions, it is important to consult with an attorney, before you talk to insurance adjusters or sign anything. At Kraft & Associates, P.C., we can handle the insurance companies and investigations while our clients concentrate on getting well.
We know how to handle car accident claims, and our lawyers are seasoned negotiators. Most of our cases are settled out of court. However, we will not hesitate to go to trial to fight for fair compensation on your behalf if necessary.
There are deadlines for filing a car accident claim in Texas, so it is important that you meet with an attorney as soon as possible to evaluate your case. For a free assessment, contact us today by calling at (214) 999-9999. You can also submit a case evaluation online or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.