An auto accident is a traumatic event. Unfortunately, as shocking and scary as the accident itself can be, the consequences of a collision are even more severe. Car accidents often result in serious, and even life-altering injuries that can lead to long-term damages. Car accident injuries can cause physical pain and emotional stress, all while placing a financial burden on victims who must seek costly medical treatment.
Sadly, most of these accidents are caused by the reckless or negligent actions of another driver. One of the most dangerous, but also most common, causes of car accidents is speeding. Although there are set speed limits on roads all across the country, many drivers fail to take these limitations seriously.
Auto accidents and speeding impact our Jacksonville, FL clients and leave them with physical, financial, and emotional hardships. Following a car accident involving speeding, injury victims can turn to the experienced attorneys at The Gregory Law Firm for legal representation as they fight for compensation for accident damages.
How Common Is Speeding?
When speed limits are set, many factors are taken into consideration, including the conditions of the road and how heavy traffic is likely to be. Despite this careful consideration, many drivers ignore speed limits.
Speeding is one of the most common driving offenses. A startling 90 percent of licensed drivers admit to speeding at some point, and an overwhelming 75 percent admit to speeding on a regular basis. To be fair, most drivers are referring to speeding just slightly above speed limits. Excessive speeding, or driving at 100 mph or higher, is far less common. Unfortunately, even when speeding just 5 mph over the posted speed limit, drivers can significantly increase the risk of an auto accident. Overall, speeding can be attributed to nearly one-third of all auto accidents.
There are always risks associated with driving, but speeding increases those risks even further. When a driver speeds, even if it is just minimally, the dangers can be catastrophic. Below are some of the most common dangers associated with speeding:
- Speeding decreases the amount of time a driver has to react to situations on the road
- Speeding compromises a driver’s ability to handle curves or turns in the road
- When a driver is speeding, it takes more time to stop the vehicle
- Speeding increases the impact of a car accident, which can result in more serious injuries
Those who have been injured in an auto accident involving speeding may be due financial compensation for damages suffered. The experienced auto accident attorneys at The Gregory Law Firm will gather the evidence that is necessary to prove liability for an accident so that our clients can recover compensation for losses including lost wages, medical expenses, and pain and suffering.
If you’d like to learn more about your right to financial compensation following an auto accident injury, contact us at The Gregory Law Firm to discuss the details of your case. Our experienced attorneys look forward to working on your behalf to ensure you receive maximum compensation for your damages.