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Excessive Speed Contributes to the Possibility of Serious Car Accidents

By William Chanfrau, Jr. on April 05, 2014

Excessive Speed Contributes to the Possibility of Serious Car AccidentsIt's important that all drivers on the road abide by established traffic laws. This makes the road and adjacent sidewalks safe for others, and it ensures the proper flow of traffic as well. Sometimes motorists violate the rules of the road, however which can cause major injuries. In these cases, it is important to seek legal assistance. Personal injury lawyers will help you obtain just compensation following a serious accident, which means covering medical bills, property damage, and other related matters.

Right now, we want to look at one common reckless action that many people engage in while on the road: speeding.

Why Speed Limits Are In Place

Speed limits are in place so that traffic flows safely and properly on different roadways. It keeps all people on the road safe, and ensures that people are not placed in danger when they drive. On city streets, the speed limits ensure safety of bicyclists and pedestrians, who are much more vulnerable to injury than motorists for obvious reasons.

The Dangers of Speeding to Other Motorists

When a person is speeding on a highway or a city street, drivers who are abiding by the posted speed limit are faced with a number of dangers. For one, they may feel the need to swerve out of the way to avoid being hit. Many times speeders will overtake other vehicles, change lanes without signaling, and cut slower drivers off, which adds to the possibility of swerving or veering away to avoid accidents.

Tailgating is also a major danger. When there is not sufficient stopping room between two vehicles, the chances of rear-end collisions become more likely.

The Dangers of Speeding to Bicyclists and Pedestrians

Because bicyclists and pedestrians are more vulnerable to injury, speeding makes the roadways very dangerous for them. Both bicyclists and pedestrians may not have time to get out of the way of a speeding vehicle, even if they are following proper traffic laws. The speeding motorist will similarly not have enough time to react to the bicyclist or pedestrian, which can lead to serious injury if the speeding motorist cannot veer out of the way or swerves into another motorist.

How to Deal with People Who Are Speeding

If you do notice a motorist who is speeding and/or driving aggressively and recklessly, be sure to do the following:

  • Continue to drive safely
  • Stay out of that vehicle's way
  • Allow the speeding motorist to pass you
  • Do not attempt to race or antagonize the speeding motorist
  • Report the speeding vehicle to authorities when you are parked

How Our Legal Team Can Help You

For anyone who is injured by a speeding motorist, getting legal help is crucial. Auto accident lawyers will hold negligent motorists responsible for their actions, allowing accident victims and their loved ones to collect damages for medical bills and other losses. Do not go it alone in these cases. Getting the legal help that you need is of the utmost importance.

Learn More About Your Legal Options Following a Serious Accident

If you would like more information about all of your legal options following a serious car and auto accident, be sure to contact our Central Florida personal injury lawyers today. The entire team here looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you receive just compensation for any injuries sustained or losses that have been experienced.

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