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Speeding Can Lead to Serious Car Accidents

By Matt Quick on May 03, 2017

Aftermath of a car accidentThe legal team at Quick Law Group, PLLC believes in helping the people of Kirkland in their time of legal need. Our lawyers have years of experience with injury and accident litigation, always putting our clients' needs first.

Injury lawsuits involving car accidents can be difficult, which is why it's so important to seek the assistance of a skilled attorney. Many crashes are caused by excessive speed, which is a very common danger on highways, city streets, and even quiet suburbs.

Reasons Why People Speed

There's generally never a good reason for people to exceed the speed limit, and yet the same excuses for it come up time and time again. Some of the most common reasons why drivers speed include:

  • They're in a hurry
  • They're not paying attention to speed limit signs
  • They don't think their behavior is dangerous
  • They think they can get away with it

Some people speed in order to keep up with the flow of traffic. This is acceptable only within reason given the road conditions and other factors.

Statistics on Speeding and Auto Accidents

Speeding is the third leading factor in traffic collisions in the United States; speeding also plays a factor in 33 percent of all fatal auto collisions in the country.

An estimated 13,000 people die each year because of speeding. It's been estimated that auto accidents caused by speeding cost American society upwards of $40 billion every year.

Teenage Boys and Young Men Are More Prone to Speed

Statistics have shone that teenage boys and young men are more likely to speed that people of other age groups and genders. A discussion of gender roles and expectations goes beyond the purview of this post, but there is something about teens and men in their twenties that seems to be seduced by speed. Statistics find that 39 percent of male drivers between the ages of 15 and 20 who died in auto collisions were speeding at the time of their accident.

Follow Posted Speed Limits

It's important that you always follow the posted speed limits whenever you are driving. If the flow of traffic exceeds the speed limit, you can drive a little faster to try to keep up, but it must be done within reason to protect yourself and others on the road.

The speed limit is especially important on city streets, suburban streets, and any areas near schools. Protecting pedestrians and bicyclists is just as crucial as avoiding collisions with other motorists.

How to Deal with Other Motorists Who Are Speeding

If you are on the road and others around you are speeding, be sure to yield the right of way to them. If possible, merge with slower traffic in the right lanes and allow the faster vehicle or vehicles to pass. By allowing dangerous drivers to pass your vehicle, you can avoid serious collisions. Should you find it necessary, you can report the vehicle's make, model, and license plate number to the proper authorities.

Learn More About Your Legal Options

For more information about your legal rights after a serious accident has occurred, be sure to contact our team of personal injury attorneys today. The team at Quick Law Group, PLLC will work with you in your time of legal need.

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