No one can deny the dangers of speeding. Speeding causes hundreds of thousands of accidents each year across the country, including thousands of accidents throughout Connecticut. People who drive at excessive speeds put everyone on the road in danger, and speeding often makes car accidents more serious, resulting in higher rates of catastrophic injuries and deaths.
If a reckless or aggressive driver caused a crash because of their speeding and injured you or someone you love, you could obtain compensation for your injuries, vehicle damages, and other losses.
A car accident lawyer can assess the role that excess speed played in the crash and hold the at-fault driver accountable for your injuries. Contact The Flood Law Firm for free to start proving your claim.
Yes. Driving too fast decreases the amount of time drivers have to respond to the actions of other drivers or changes in the road, or to avoid any impediments or hazards in the road. Also, speeding reduces a driver’s control over the vehicle, and many accidents occur because a driver left the road or collided with other vehicles in other lanes.
Even if speeding is not the direct cause of the accident, excessive speed adds to the violent forces of the crash, and it can result in more serious injuries that can prove fatal.
Speeding doesn’t just include driving over the speed limit. It also includes other behavior, such as driving too fast for current road conditions. For example, bad weather accidents may occur if drivers speed when it is raining or if there is ice on the road. Driving too fast for conditions also includes excess speed in heavy traffic and in construction zones. Other dangerous forms of speeding include street racing and “showing off.”
Besides potential tickets and criminal consequences, speeding can create hazards and dangers for passengers, other drivers, and pedestrians, including:
It takes longer for a speeding car to stop. An average vehicle traveling at 30 mph will need about 110 feet to come to a complete stop. In comparison, a car moving at 60 mph will need over 300 feet to stop. This is almost the entire length of a football field!
Speeding increases the risk a vehicle can roll over during a crash. A rollover caused by excessive speed can also be the cause of the crash. For instance, if a speeding driver tries to negotiate a curve or swerve to avoid a collision, their vehicle may roll over. Large commercial trucks (especially those with trailers), SUVs, jacked-up pickups, and other vehicles with high profiles are more prone to rollover accidents due to excessive speed.
Speeding increase the risk a driver will lose control of their vehicle. Most typical passenger vehicles are not designed to remain stable at high speeds, and a driver may not know how to respond if their vehicle starts drifting or shaking.
Speeding decreased the time a driver has to react if something goes wrong. A speeding driver may also not be able to avoid another vehicle, a pedestrian, or something else in the road.
Speeding greatly increase the severity of a crash. A high-speed crash is more likely to result in serious injuries or death than a low-speed collision.
Additional dangerous behaviors behind the wheel can exacerbate the accident risks posed by speeding. For example, rear-end collisions commonly occur when a driver follows another vehicle too closely while speeding. In addition, pedestrian accidents are more likely when drivers speed in areas with a high volume of foot traffic.
Other extreme examples of speeding include road rage and aggressive driving accidents. In these situations, the driver effectively uses speed as a weapon to intimidate or harass other drivers. Strong emotions often push aggressive drivers past the point of caution. As such, road rage accidents carry a high likelihood of serious injury.
Unfortunately, despite the many dangers of speeding, drivers still choose to drive too fast. If a speeding driver caused a crash that seriously injured you or a close family member, you should contact an experienced car accident attorney immediately for help getting compensation.
In 2022, 262 people suffered serious injuries in vehicle crashes that involved speeding, and 85 died. Those numbers are slightly down from 2021’s figures, where 278 people sustained serious injuries and 118 died because of excessive speed. On average, speeding accounts for around ¼ to 1/3 of vehicle crash fatalities annually.
Nationwide, speeding was a factor in nearly 30% of all traffic-related fatalities. More than 11,000 people lost their lives in the U.S. in 2020, or more than 30 people each day.
However, the number of serious injuries and fatalities due to speeding could be much higher. Analysts only use speeding in their reports if the driver was ticketed or arrested for a speeding violation or if the police report notes the posted speed limit as a contributing factor.
Speeding exacerbates other dangerous or careless behaviors drivers do behind the wheel. Some common examples include:
When drivers are distracted, they are more likely to exceed the speed limit or drive too fast for conditions. In Connecticut, distracted driving accidents resulted in 8 documented fatalities in 2022.
Excess speed may also be a factor in drunk driving accidents, which resulted in 73 fatalities in Connecticut last year. Intoxicated drivers may not realize how fast they are traveling. They may also fail to notice or read speed limit signs clearly, as well as not recognize how close they are to other vehicles.
Teenage drivers are another demographic for whom speeding is a concern. In 2022, Connecticut saw 113 injury accidents and 26 fatal accidents involving teen drivers.
Research suggests that teenage speeding behavior increases over time, possibly due to them gaining more confidence as they spend more time behind the wheel. Teen drivers should be especially aware of their driving speed in bad weather, on winding roads, and in other difficult driving conditions.
Drivers who exceed the speed limit and cause accidents are generally found to be at fault for the crash. However, the at-fault driver may attempt to argue that you had fault in causing the accident as well. Regardless, it’s best to avoid an accident with a speeding driver if at all possible. The following steps can help you avoid speeding drivers and reduce the risk of accidents:
It is also important to take steps to manage your own speed when you are behind the wheel. Some common reasons drivers speed include:
No matter what issues a driver is dealing with, speeding or using a vehicle as a weapon is never a good answer to the problem and may likely lead to even more serious issues. Speeding creates unnecessary risks and places the lives of other people in danger. Crashes that involve speeding may cause more serious injuries and property damage than other types of vehicle collisions. A speeding driver found liable for causing a fatal accident can face severe legal consequences, particularly if convicted of road rage or driving under the influence.
Car accident cases require an in-depth examination of liability, causation, damages, and other complex legal concepts. They also require knowledge of Connecticut laws and an understanding of how to deal with insurance companies. Insurance companies typically do not want to pay on claims and will try methods to place blame for the accident on you or minimize the severity of your injuries.
You need an attorney to gather all the evidence you need to support your claim and file your claim for you so you don’t make mistakes or do something that would cause the insurance company to deny your claim. A car accident attorney can also ensure the insurance company honors their policy and cover all your injuries and losses. If the insurance company responds with a low settlement offer, your lawyer can negotiate with them to get a higher amount.
Although most car accident injury claims settle outside of court, you may have to take your case to trial and sue for the money you need. If so, you will need an attorney to file your lawsuit and fight for you in court to help you get the money you need. Connecticut allows you only two years to file a personal injury lawsuit in court, so you need to get started immediately to ensure you can pursue compensation.
If you suffered injuries or lost a loved one in a car accident in Connecticut, it is crucial to contact a car accident lawyer as soon as possible.
The attorneys at The Flood Law Firm have helped clients recover damages in hundreds of jury trials and thousands of personal injury settlements. Our results speak for themselves, and we can help you pursue just compensation for the losses you and your family have suffered due to the negligence of a speeding driver.
Please contact The Flood Law Firm by calling (860) 346-2695 today for a free consultation. Our car accident attorneys serve clients throughout Connecticut from offices in Middletown, Danbury, Bridgeport, and Waterbury.