Atlanta Auto Accident Lawyers Discuss the Implications of High Speed Collision Accidents
Drivers throughout Georgia and across the United States routinely ignore speed limits and drive at unsafe speeds despite the associated danger and risk of serious injury or fatal accidents. Our experienced Atlanta auto accident attorneys find that speeding is the most common driving infraction despite the fact that it is one of the leading factors that contribute to serious auto accidents. The rather nonchalant attitude of many toward speeding is somewhat surprising when one considers how people view drunk drivers. Drivers who operate motor vehicles under the influence of alcohol are viewed with a significant degree of scorn and condemnation. Even though speeding is arguably a more reckless driving practice both in terms of the number of accidents and severity of those accidents, it is unfortunately not widely condemned as a driving practice but instead routinely engaged in by many otherwise law-abiding drivers.
According to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report (the link will download a PDF), there were 32,719 traffic fatalities in the U.S. in 2013, among them, 9,613 (29%) were speeding-related crashes. A speeding driver is much more likely to cause a car crash because the driver has lesser margin of error, which magnifies the dangers from road hazards and other unsafe driving practices. For example, drivers operating their vehicle under the influence of alcohol often speed, which combines slower reaction times with a reduced window of opportunity for responding in time to avoid a dangerous car crash.
Excessive speed not only means that a driver is more likely to be involved in a car accident but will also suffer more serious injury. The greater the speed a car is moving, the more intense the force of impact will be. Cars in motion have kinetic energy that is dissipated in a crash. The more kinetic energy that must be dissipated, the greater the chance of catastrophic injuries or fatalities. A high-speed collision means a high probability of permanent debilitating injuries including brain damage as well as spinal cord injury, such as paraplegia and quadriplegia, to name a few.
If you or your family have been hurt in an accident involving high speeds, the time to act is now. The sooner you contact a qualified auto accident lawyer,the more difference it can make in terms of your ability to recovery monetarily for your injuries. Call Montlick and Associates now to learn more about your legal options as well as begin the process to protect your rights.
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