Even though pretty much every American knows how dangerous driving above the speed limit is and despite public awareness campaigns continuously warning Americans against traveling at high speeds, hundreds of thousands of U.S. citizens get injured and die in high-speed car accidents.
Our Philadelphia high-speed car accident attorney from The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C., says that in most cases, those who crash at a high speed think to themselves prior to the accident, “There will be absolutely no harm if I go over the speed limit by 5, 10, or 15 mph!” But they are so wrong, and they realize this a few minutes after having this thought, when it’s already too late to change anything.
Also, a large percentage of speed-related car crashes occur after a driver exceeds the speed limit for the first time in his or her life. Sure, you have places where you need to be, but being late to work or other place is no excuse to go over the speed limit.
How speeding affects your ability to operate a vehicle safely
“What’s the big deal with speeding? Others do it regularly and they are fine!” you may be thinking. Exceeding the speed limit is like playing Russian Roulette, because speeding has multiple negative effects on the driver’s ability to operate a car safely. These negative effects include:
- Bad reaction times, and thus the reduced ability to avoid a car crash
- Reduced ability to steer around curves or poor road conditions such as potholes, cracked or uneven pavement, and others
- Increased risk of losing control of the vehicle and
- Increased braking distance
An estimated more than 14 percent of all motor vehicle accidents in Pennsylvania and all across the U.S. are caused by speeding either directly or proximately. In fact, driving above the speed limit accounts for nearly a third of all car accident fatalities in the U.S.
Dangers of high-speed collisions
Our high-speed car accident lawyer in Philadelphia points at the findings of one study that showed that nearly half of all Americans admit to speeding by at least 15mph on a highway. Driving above the speed limit is dangerous regardless of whether you operate your vehicle on a highway or roadway.
The higher the speed of one of both vehicles, the more severe the car accident. In other words, those involved in high-speed car crashes are at a higher risk of suffering severe injuries.
Unfortunately, speeding is often the cause of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs. This is double trouble, because operating a vehicle at a high speed is dangerous in itself, but when combined with alcohol or drugs, the risk of causing a collision increases tenfold.
Fact: More than 40 percent of all high-speed car crashes in the U.S. involve at least one driver with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher.
Contributing factors in high-speed car accidents
But alcohol is not the only factor that makes a driver more likely to exceed the speed limit. Other contributing factors in high-speed car accidents include:
- Drunk or drugged driving
- Reckless driving
- Aggressive driving
- Drowsy driving
- Distracted driving
- Failure to follow traffic laws
- Inadequate design of intersections
- Inadequate traffic signs or lack thereof and
- Bad road conditions
As you can guess, proving that the other motorist was speeding, which ultimately caused your car accident, is extremely difficult because no one wants to admit to speeding or violating any other traffic rule in Pennsylvania. For this reason, you may want to schedule a free consultation with our Philadelphia speeding-related car crash attorney from The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C., to investigate your case. Contact our law firm by calling at 215-543-7220.
This content was written on behalf of an experienced Philadelphia auto accident lawyer Greg Prosmushkin.