Excessive Speed As A Cause Of Accidents And Serious Injuries

Statistics Regarding The Hazards Of Driving At Excessive Speeds

Excessive speed can have many adverse consequences to traffic safety. Speeding can cause serious accidents. As well, driving at excessive speeds can greatly increase the likelihood that any injuries occurring during a crash will be of greater severity.

Illinois maintains a “Speed Awareness Day” resource library, which accompanies the annual “Speed Awareness Day.”  In this library a variety of statistics are presented.

Among these statistics are the following, as seen on the 2019 “Residential Facts On Speeding” page:

  • When a pedestrian is hit by a car at 20 MPH there is a 10% likelihood of being killed, at a speed of 30 MPH the percentage increases to a 50% likelihood of being killed.
  • The higher the speed at impact, the more severe the injuries sustained.
  • 37.9% of the speed-related crashes result in injuries.
  • When speeding there is a greater chance that other road users will misjudge how fast you are traveling.
  • Speeding extends the distance required to stop a vehicle in emergency situations.
  • Speeding reduces a driver’s ability to navigate safely around curves or objects in the roadway.

Additional information is provided regarding speeding is seen on the 2019 “Interstate Facts On Speeding” page:

  • The probability of death, disfigurement, or debilitating injury grows with higher speed at impact. Such consequences double for every 10 MPH over 50 MPH.
  • The effectiveness of restraint devices like airbags, safety belts, crumple zones, and side beams decline as impact speed increases.
  • 37.9% of the speed-related crashes result in injuries.
  • Speeding extends the distance required to stop a vehicle in emergency situations.
  • Crash severity increases with the speed of the vehicle at impact.
  • Speeding reduces a driver’s ability to navigate safely around curves or objects in the roadway.
  • Speeding can lower gas mileage by 33% at highway speeds.

Another facet of speeding, which is particularly relevant to the accident injuries that can result from excessive speeding, is the following:

When a vehicle crashes it undergoes a rapid change in speed.  However, the occupants keep moving at the vehicle’s previous speed until they are stopped, either by hitting an object or by being restrained by a safety belt or airbag.

Crash Prevention Measures

There are many actions that can be taken to prevent a crash. As discussed above, avoiding driving at excessive speeds is a paramount preventative measure. Driving at or below the speed limit is especially imperative if driving conditions are less than optimal due to such factors such as adverse weather or the existence of road hazards.

Another issue that is mentioned on the Illinois Speed Awareness Day site is that of distractive driving. As stated on the site (under the “Eliminate All Distractions” tip) is the following:

Another of the safety tips is to “eliminate all distractions.”  As stated:

Hand held devices increases your chance of a severe crash by 4x, texting by 23x.

The hazards of driving while distracted – including commentary regarding the frequency of distracted driving – are further discussed on the “Distracted Driving” page. As mentioned on that page, while there are many actions that can lead to distracted driving, texting is the most frequently cited source.

Another source of serious accidents is street racing and drag racing. These activities often involve driving at (highly) excessive speeds. Often, this high speed driving is conducted on streets and roadways that are not intended for high-speed driving. As such, the racing is inherently dangerous.

As well, other vehicle traffic can be hit by vehicles that are involved in street racing and drag racing. There have been many Chicago-area instances of street racing that has led to racing participants, as well as others, being seriously injured by a speeding vehicle. Some of these injuries have led to loss of life.

Injury Prevention Measures

Preventing crash injuries can be achieved through various means. There are many actions that can be taken by vehicle occupants in order to protect themselves in the event an accident occurs. Wearing a seat belt remains a foremost effective preventative measure. Depending upon the characteristics of the crash, such seat belt usage has been proven to negate or at least lessen the odds of being injured. Seat belt usage, including discussion of the safety benefits, is further discussed on “Seat Belts As A DuPage County Injury Prevention Measure” page.

What To Do If You Are Injured By A Vehicle Traveling At Excessive Speed

As with any vehicle accident, there are various actions one should take if involved in an accident. These actions serve to protect both one’s health as well as adequately address legal issues. Those who have been injured due to the negligence of another person may be able to get injury compensation. This is typically done through the filing of a personal injury lawsuit. In accidents in which a person has been killed due to the negligence or intentional actions of another person, relevant parties can file a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the decedent in order to pursue compensation.

A qualified personal injury lawyer can further explain what should be done and how much a personal injury case may be worth. The amount of injury compensation depends upon many different factors, including the type of injuries and their severity. As well, whether the injuries have caused a permanent impairment is another key issue.

Those who have been injured in a vehicle accident typically have a pressing need for injury compensation. Medical bills, lost wages, and additional expenses and hardships often create a financial burden to those who have been injured. As well, there are many other direct and indirect financial issues that may arise.

The Personal Injury Lawyers At The Elman Joseph Law Group Success In Lawsuits

The Elman Joseph Law Group handles Illinois personal injury lawsuits and wrongful death cases.  Over the last 25+ years the firm has handled over 10,000 personal injury lawsuits.

During this 25+ year period, the lawyers at the firm have established a reputation as accomplished trial attorneys. They have achieved many notable settlements and court trial verdicts – and have received various awards for their achievements. Various notable settlements and court trial verdicts are seen on the “DuPage County Car Accident Lawyer” page.

Tony Elman, Lead Trial Attorney of The Elman Joseph Law Group, has been selected by Thomson Reuters as a “Super Lawyer.”  This designation is based upon both professional achievement and peer recognition.  Only the top 5% of lawyers achieve this designation.

Tony Elman offers a free legal consultation to discuss your injuries as well as to discuss the possibility of filing a lawsuit in order to get money.  He can be reached at 773-392-8182 at any time (or email [email protected]).

Elman Joseph Law Group handles lawsuits on a contingency basis…clients never pay a fee unless and until they receive monetary compensation.

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