One of the most important obligations and responsibilities of a driver is operating his or her vehicle in a way that does not needlessly endanger others on the road. This includes following the rules of the road, such as avoiding distractions and driving according to the posted speed limits. While speeding is one of the most common types of traffic violations, it is also one of the most dangerous as it can contribute to an increased chance for a car accident.
A speeding driver may believe that this action could allow him or her to arrive at the destination faster, but in reality, it simply makes it more likely that a tragic accident will occur. If a speeding driver caused the accident that left you injured, it could be grounds to pursue legal action. Speeding is reckless and unnecessary, and it can result in harm to innocent Louisiana motorists and passengers.
The science of speeding
There is significant scientific evidence that proves that speeding is dangerous and significantly increases the likelihood of an accident. Statistics indicate that for every 10 miles per hour over the posted speed limit a driver goes, the chance of an accident doubles. Speeding is also dangerous and unnecessarily risky for the following reasons:
- Speeding can greatly diminish a driver’s reaction time, giving a driver less time to stop or react to hazards.
- Speeding makes it more difficult for a driver to safely maneuver around curves in the road.
- Speeding can decrease the effectiveness of safety equipment, such as safety belts, in the event of a crash.
- Speeding increases the chance that a vehicle will rollover during a crash.
- Speeding increases the distance required to come to a complete stop.
There are certain tools and investigative steps available that can determine how speed played a role in what happened to you. Through the civil justice system, you may be able to pursue recourse against the responsible party.
Get better and move forward
Through a civil claim, you may be able to seek the economic recovery you need to get better and move forward after a traumatic car accident. Speeding is a form of reckless and negligent behavior, and you will benefit from seeking an understanding of the legal options available to you as soon as possible after a crash. An assessment of your case may be a helpful place to start in this process.