Speeding is a huge problem in the United States. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), speeding killed 9,717 Americans in 2017. This means that speeding-related crashes were responsible for 26% of traffic fatalities that occurred in that year.
Speed limits are intended to protect all road users. It’s important to abide by the posted speed limit to avoid causing fatal crashes, serious injuries, and property damage.
Dangers of Driving at High Speeds
Speeding is involved in 26% of all traffic accidents that result in deaths. Speeding affects the safety of the speeding drivers and all of the people on the road around them.
When you are speeding:
- There is a greater chance that you will lose control of your vehicle. Speeding drivers are more likely to accidently swerve or be affected by hazardous road conditions.
- Your seat belt and air bags are less effective.
- It will take you longer to stop your vehicle. If you suddenly notice someone or something in front of you, you may not be able to stop in time.
- There is an increase in the degree of crash severity if your get into a motor vehicle accident. High-speed auto accidents often result in severe injuries to the brain, skull, neck, and back. If you are speeding and get into a car crash, there is a good chance you will need immediate medical treatment.
Other Consequences of Speeding
Speeding is against the law. If a law enforcement officer catches you speeding or breaking another traffic law (like failing to stop for a red light or stop sign) you could end up with a speeding ticket, lose your driver’s license, or even end up in jail (if the police officer determines that you were engaged in reckless driving).
If you are caught speeding your insurance company may hit you with increased auto insurance rates. Check your insurance policy to see if it indicates that your car insurance premium can go up if you are charged with speeding.
Experienced Las Vegas Car Accident Attorneys
If you or a loved one involved in a speeding-related accident, you should get legal advice from an experienced personal injury attorney who can help you protect your rights.
If you are looking for a law firm with experienced auto accident attorneys, contact Anthem Injury Lawyers today. Our phone number is (702) 857-6000. We offer Free Consultations. Our law firm is located in Henderson, but we work with clients all over the Las Vegas Valley.