When driving, most people exceed the speed limit from time to time in order to get to their destination as quickly as possible. However, while it may seem relatively harmless, speeding can increase the chances of a car accident, and it becomes even more dangerous when combined with other forms of reckless driving, such as swerving, tailgating, erratic lane changes, or running red lights or stop signs. If you have been injured in a motor vehicle collision in which speeding was a factor, it is important to work with an attorney to determine your options for recovering compensation for your damages.
Speeding Is a Leading Cause of Car Accident Injuries and Deaths
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 9,717 people were killed throughout the United States in 2017 in accidents involving speeding. In all, speeding accounted for more than 25% of all traffic deaths. The dangers are even more pronounced in Wisconsin, with speeding being involved in 29% of traffic fatalities. According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, there were an average of 40,148 injuries and 549 fatalities in traffic accidents between 2011 and 2015. Out of these incidents, speeding was involved in an average of 7,713 injuries and 161 deaths.
Drivers who exceed the speed limit not only put themselves at risk, but they also endanger other drivers, passengers, motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians. Speeding increases the risk that a driver will lose control of their vehicle when making turns, changing lanes, or reacting to conditions on the road. Since more distance is required to slow down and stop when speeding, it can also increase the chances of a rear-end collision. In addition, car accidents are often more severe at higher speeds, and the effectiveness of seat belt restraint systems and airbags is reduced....