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Speeding and its Relation to Severe and Fatal Car Accidents

Is there a relationship between speeding and severe and fatal car accidents? If you were injured in a car accident that was not your fault where speeding was a primary causative factor, you have a right to be compensated for your injury. However, in order to get all of the compensation that you are entitled to, you will need the help of a personal injury attorney.

What is speeding? Speeding is obviously going too fast. Speeding is going faster than the speed limit.

However, speeding is also driving at an inappropriate speed for the prevailing conditions. For example, if the speed limit on a highway is 70 mph, but the highway is iced over; driving 50 mph may be an inappropriate speed.

In Texas


Without any doubt, speeding is one of the primary contributing factors in severe and fatal car accidents. For example, in Texas, for the years from 2008 thru 2012, around 40% of all traffic fatalities each one of those years was speeding related.

So, what is the relationship between speeding and severe and fatal car accidents? Better yet, how does speeding increase the chances of severe and fatal car accidents?

Reaction time is how long a time it takes for a driver to see and be aware of a hazard, combined with how long a time it takes a driver’s brain to realize that there is a danger and process a reaction to that hazard. What this means is the faster a car is going, the greater the distance the car will go during the driver’s reaction time. This is known as reaction distance.

Braking distance


Braking distance is the distance that a car travels as it comes to a stop. The faster a car is going, the longer the distance will be before the car comes to a stop.

When you consider reaction time and braking distance, you do not have to be a rocket scientist to understand that speeding increases the risk and chances of severe and fatal accidents. This is because speeding increases both reaction time and braking distance.

A driver who is speeding will travel a greater distance in between recognizing and reacting to a hazard than a driver who is traveling at a lower speed and not speeding. What this means is speeding not only increases the chances of having severe and fatal car accidents, it also increases the chances of having a car accident.

Kinetic energy


Speeding also increases the chances of severe and fatal car accidents because of what is known as kinetic or moving energy. Kinetic energy is the energy that a body (in this case a car) has by virtue of its being in motion. A car that is speeding will have a greater amount of kinetic energy that has to be absorbed by the impact in a car accident than a car that is going slower and not speeding.

Once again, if you were injured in a car accident that was not your fault where speeding was a primary causative factor, you have a right to be compensated for your injury. Contact a personal injury attorney and have your case evaluated at no cost or obligation to you.

Article written by James Shugart

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