At some point, everyone has been guilty of speeding. This is something that happens. It’s a problem throughout the country, and unfortunately, Georgia is no exception to this.
For many exceeding the speed limit by 5 or 10 miles per hour doesn’t seem like that big of a deal. After all, law enforcement doesn’t usually pull people over for such small infractions.
While this is true, there is a speed limit for a reason. It is the rate of travel that elected officials and road engineers believe is safest for everyone. While everyone gets a bit of a break when it comes to going just a few miles per hour over the posted speed limit, if you do more than that, it can present a serious and dangerous public health hazard.
If you were involved in a speed-related accident that left you with injuries or took the life of someone you love, you have the right to recover compensation in court. At Hines Law, we can provide you with the quality, professional legal representation you need to protect your rights and to help you recover the compensation you deserve.
Why Is Speeding So Deadly?
The short answer to this is physics. For a more in-depth answer, speed can cause accidents and make them much more violent. This is why.
Speeding Causes More Accidents
Roads and cars are designed for use at set speeds. The speeds that are set for certain roads ensure that the driver can keep the vehicle under control and keep all four wheels on the surface of the road. For every mile of highway, road condition, type of vehicle, and driver experience, there’s a set maximum speed that drivers can’t travel to navigate the features of the road. This includes stops and turns. Nor would they have time to avoid road hazards if they exceeded that speed. In some situations, the speed is the posted speed limit; however, in other cases, it is lower because of the existing road conditions and other factors that are present.
Put simply, when you speed, it won’t make it possible to stop or turn safely. If you can’t stop or turn safely, then your vehicle may hit other vehicles, objects on the side of the road, leave the road, or even roll over.
Speeding Causes More Violent Accidents
When an impact occurs, vehicles will exert and absorb force. The higher the speed is traveling when the collision occurs, the more force is involved. The more force that is involved in the collision, the higher likelihood that injuries will occur. These are just facts.
To date, the auto industry has invested several billions of dollars in making vehicles safer when an impact happens. However, regardless of how many shoulder belts and airbags a vehicle has, the risk of injury and fatalities occurs with every mile per hour a vehicle travels over the speed limit.
The soft tissue and structure of your body have a hard time withstanding jarring movements or sudden reductions in speed. Even when someone is wearing a seatbelt, they can experience brain trauma, chest injuries, and spinal cord injuries during an accident involving excess speeds.
Legal Liability in Speeding Situations
If you are involved in an accident where speed is a contributing factor, it’s important to determine who is liable. At Hines Law, our legal team will investigate your situation to determine liability and then provide you with quality legal representation to help you recover the compensation you deserve.
There are some circumstances where a driver can blame their speed on certain factors that they have no control over or where a third party was involved and caused the driver to speed. However, in most cases, speeding accidents will be the fault of the speeding driver. As a result, anyone who is injured has the right to file a personal injury lawsuit against them.
Contact Our Legal Team at Hines Law for Assistance with Your Speeding Related Accident
If you have been involved in a car accident where speeding was a factor, it’s smart to get in touch with our legal team at Hines Law. We will investigate the accident, determine liability, and file a lawsuit against the at-fault party on your behalf.
With our help, you can feel confident that we will work to secure you the maximum amount of compensation for your injuries and damages. We have represented hundreds of cases that involve speed and injuries and are ready to put our resources and expertise to work for you. The first step is to contact our legal team at Hines Law and schedule a free consultation.