Speeding has been a major factor in fatal vehicle crashes in our country for more than two decades.

One reason for speeding is the problem of packed schedules. Was running late for a lunch appointment the issue when that SUV smacked into your compact car?

Speeding endangers others

According to data from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, speeding is a factor in about a third of all highway deaths. Across the country, in 2016 alone, speeding was responsible for the death of 10,111 people. Even when a driver is observing the speed limit, he or she may be going too fast for bad weather or poor road conditions.

Why it matters

A vehicle is potentially a lethal weapon, and speeding has numerous consequences:

  • Increase in the possibility of a serious crash
  • Increase in the potential for severe injuries or death
  • Greater possibility of losing control of the vehicle
  • Reduction in the effectiveness of vehicle safety equipment

Reasons behind speeding

People are in a hurry to get to meetings, appointments, work, school, extracurricular activities, events and get-togethers. They may drive recklessly and faster than they should because they are running late. However, traffic congestion is another factor. Frustration over traffic delays can result in aggressive driving, frequent lane changing and, when the traffic clears, speeding to make up for lost time. This is always a dangerous activity. Speeding can contribute to T-bone collisions, rear-end collisions, head-on crashes and almost any other type of vehicle accident you can think of.

Dealing with the aftermath

Being late for a lunch engagement is a sad excuse for an accident. Given the size of your small car, you undoubtedly suffered the worst damage in the crash caused by the speeding SUV, as well as the most severe injuries. Now you have to file a claim for compensation to cover your medical expenses and other costs. Although cases like yours are usually settled without a trial, going to court may be necessary to ensure that you win a full and fair settlement.