Speeding drivers in California and across the country cause a large percentage of fatal crashes. Speed limits are posted for a reason, typically related to high-risk areas. Furthermore, it is essential to note that posted limits are for perfect conditions, and drivers must reduce speed when weather or road conditions are hazardous.
Driving faster does not necessarily get drivers to their destinations more quickly. In some cases speed could prevent them from ever getting to their destinations. The consequences of speeding are more far-reaching than breaking the law and possibly being fined. The following are some of the ramifications of speeding:
- Increased risk of losing control of the vehicle
- Increased distance needed to stop in emergencies
- Compromised efficiency of equipment to protect vehicle occupants
- Increased severity of injuries and fatalities in road accidents
- Potential financial consequences of civil lawsuits
Reasons why people speed
In many cases, speeding is a consequence of aggressive driving. Traffic congestion, the limited chance of ever meeting other motorists and running behind schedule are all reasons why some people drive too fast. Sadly, some drivers speed because they have no regard for the law or other motorists.
In Long Beach and throughout California victims of car accidents may have to deal with life-altering injuries such as traumatic brain injuries or spinal cord injuries that might leave them paralyzed and wheelchair-bound. If the evidence suggests another party was negligent, accident victims could file personal injury lawsuits in civil court. Documented claims for monetary damages could include lost wages, current and future medical expenses, medical equipment costs like wheelchairs, therapy, and other crash-related losses. Emotional damages like pain and suffering can also be included.