Saving A Few Minutes Of Travel Time Could Cause A D.C. Car Crash
The harsh reality is many drivers look at speed limit signs and view them as mere suggestions, not legal warnings that have real consequences when ignored. As a result, too many preventable car accidents in Washington, D.C., happen when drivers choose to drive faster than they ought.
Statistics show that speeding is a contributing factor in nearly one-third of all fatal car accidents, resulting in more than 13,000 fatalities annually in the U.S. Statistics also show that motorists who drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs are more likely to be speeding as well. And, while most motorists tend to report knowing that speeding is dangerous and risky, many also tend to admit that they still choose to speed when getting behind the wheel.
It is helpful to know the facts connecting speeding to car accidents:
- Most speeding offenses tend to occur in areas with speed limits of 50 mph or less.
- Drivers who speed are statistically less likely to wear seat belts.
- Older drivers tend to speed less frequently than younger drivers.
- Because speeding cars travel with greater velocity, a sudden stop produces greater energy. Accidents caused by speeding have a greater likelihood of leaving victims with severe injuries and more significant vehicle damage.
- Speeding reduces the time that a driver has to react to dangerous situations outside of the vehicle. Examples can include unpredictable motorists, changes in road conditions, road debris, vehicle malfunctions, or even wild animals on the road.
Whether or not a driver was speeding can have an impact on the outcome of a car accident claim case. An experienced vehicle accident attorney can help you understand exactly what your legal options may be following your Washington, D.C., car accident. If you’ve been seriously injured in a car accident, contact Lewis & Tompkins today to schedule your free consultation: 202-296-0666.