Speeding Accidents in Las Vegas
Experienced Car Accident Attorneys
Speeding creates the perfect situation for a serious collision. It increases the chances that a driver will cause or be involved in an accident and also increases the severity of any collision that does occur. At Shook & Stone, our car accident attorneys are committed to helping people who have been injured in accidents caused by drivers who were speeding. Our team fights for maximum compensation in these cases, working closely with our clients to help them get the financial help they need to move on with their lives.
Let's take a look at a few of the factors that make speeding so dangerous:
- The faster you are going, the longer it takes to slow down and come to a complete stop. For example, you need about 60 feet and 1.07 seconds to stop if you are traveling 25 miles per hour. At 70 miles per hour, you need about 350 feet and 3.2 seconds. By the time you notice a hazard, red light or change in traffic, it could be too late to avoid a collision.
- The force of impact is far greater when a vehicle is traveling at higher speeds. This means that the likelihood of injury – and serious injury at that – is greatly increased. Traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury are more likely at higher speeds.
- Speeding, particularly in less-than-favorable weather or road conditions, makes maneuvering a vehicle more difficult.
- If you are exceeding the speed limit or are driving too fast for current conditions, you are more likely to lose control if the roads are slippery or if there is a pothole or other obstacle in the roadway.
It is important to remember all of these things when you are getting behind the wheel. If you see a driver who is racing or driving recklessly, do not hesitate to call 911 or your local police department to report this. Getting dangerous drivers off the road can save lives. If you are involved in a car accident and you witnessed the other driver speeding, make sure this is known. Whether you are working with an attorney or handling your insurance claim on your own, report the driver's behavior.
Speeding-Related Accident Statistics
Each year, about one-third of all traffic fatalities in the United States occur in speeding-related accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that speeding was a contributing factor in 30% of the 32,367 traffic fatalities that occurred in the U.S. in 2011. A collision is considered "speeding-related" if a driver was charged with a speeding offense or if an officer indicated that speeding, racing or driving too fast for conditions was a contributing factor in the accident. In addition to the 9,944 people who died in speeding-related accidents in 2011, the economic cost of these crashes is estimated to cost $40 billion annually.
Speeding and drunk driving may also go hand in hand, according to NHTSA statistics. In 2011, 42% of drivers involved in fatal speeding-related collisions had blood alcohol concentrations of .08% or greater (above the legal limit to drive). Only 16% of non-speeding drivers had blood alcohol levels of .08% or greater. Alcohol can impair judgment and motor function and may therefore cause a driver to go faster than he or she may normally drive.
Call a Las Vegas Car Accident Lawyer at Shook & Stone
We have established that speeding is a dangerous practice, but what can you do if you have already been injured in an accident caused by a driver who was speeding? Call a legal professional at Shook & Stone to see what options you have in holding that driver responsible for your medical bills, lost earnings and possibly more. Contact a Las Vegas car accident lawyer today for skilled counsel.