Speed Often Plays a Starring Role in Deadly Car Accidents
High-speed impact crashes are generally classified as those car accidents that occur when motorists are traveling at a minimum of 30 miles per hour. The fact of the speed involved increases the likelihood that the accidents will prove seriously dangerous. If you’ve been injured as a result of another driver’s negligence – whether this means driving with excessive speed or not – discuss your claim with an experienced Tampa car accident attorney today.
Excess Speed: The Statistics
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports on the dangers of excess speed on our roads, including the following statistics:
- In a recent year, 11,258 people lost their lives as a result of speeding motorists.
- For more than two decades, speed has played a role in about 29 percent of all fatal traffic fatalities.
- According to the National Safety Council (NSC), a recent year showed a marked 17 percent increase in speed-related deaths over the prior year and was the deadliest year on record since 2008.
It is important to recognize that a motorist doesn’t have to exceed the posted speed limit to qualify as speeding. Driving too fast to safely address the road’s condition translates to speeding.
Car Accidents that Are Often Triggered by Speed
Excess speed increases the risk that any kind of car accident will happen, but the following are most associated:
- Rollovers – Rollover accidents are often tripped by excess speed, and they are some of the deadliest accidents on our roads.
- T-Bone Accidents – When one motorist barrels headlong into the side of another’s vehicle, it’s often a result of simply driving too fast.
- Head-On Collisions – Excess speed is often the culprit when motorists leave their driving lane and head directly into oncoming traffic.
- Sideswipe Accidents – Sideswipes generally involve a speeding driver who is more interested in making good time than they are in ensuring that it’s safe to change lanes.
- Rear-End Accidents – Both excess speed and distraction vie for top position when it comes to causing rear-end accidents.
When drivers speed, they decrease the amount of time they have to react to risk factors on the road as they increase the risk that any accidents they do cause will be fatal. The losses you experience as a result of a high-speed accident are very likely to be considerable and typically fall into the following basic categories:
- Property damage to your vehicle itself and to any of its contents
- The medical costs associated with your current and ongoing accident-related health concerns
- The lost earnings you experience, which can include losses related to your earning potential
- Your physical and emotional pain and suffering
An Experienced Tampa Car Accident Attorney Can Help
The seasoned Tampa car accident attorneys at Matthews Injury Law are well prepared to fiercely advocate for your speed-related claim’s best possible resolution – in focused pursuit of the compensation to which you’re entitled. To learn more, please don’t delay contacting or call us at 941-877-5800 today.