Speeding Is Never Worth the Risk Driver Killed in Marietta Speeding Accident


January 12, 2011

Atlanta drivers frequently exceed the posted speed limit because they are impatient or late for appointments, but speed kills. An Acworth man was killed early Thursday in a single-vehicle crash on I-75 in Marietta in which police believe speed was a factor. The driver's Jeep Grand Cherokee left the roadway and struck a tree causing the driver to be ejected from the vehicle when it rolled over. Although the fatal rollover accident is still being investigated, the police indicated that they believe speed was a factor in the fatal single car accident.

Sadly, speeding car accidents are common because many people routinely ignore the risks of speeding related car crashes. Studies indicate that ninety percent of all licensed drivers speed at some point and as many as seventy-five percent routinely exceed the speed limit. If you or someone you love has suffered serious injury or wrongful death in a Georgia car accident with a speeding driver, you have a right to seek legal compensation for your injuries. Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, has been representing individuals injured or killed in Georgia auto accidents for over 25 years.

Drivers who routinely speed put their own lives and the lives of others at risk. Speeding is a factor in almost one-third of all car accidents. As a driver's speed increases, the driver experiences a corresponding decline in ability to control their vehicle and respond to hazards and emergencies, leading to a significant increase in the probability of an auto accident. Excessive speed by a driver also means an increase in the force of the impact on the human body which typically results in more serious injuries. Studies indicate that speeding is a factor in thirty percent of all accident fatalities. The relationship of speed to auto accidents is also evident in the fact that twice as many accidents occur in curves by speeding drivers than non-speeding drivers.

Speeding accidents occur because a driver who exceeds the speed limit often lacks sufficient reaction time to respond to unanticipated emergencies. A driver who exceeds the speed limit even slightly in certain situations can greatly increase the likelihood of a serious car crash because control over a vehicle drops exponentially as speed increases. This means that drivers exceeding the speed limit by five miles per hour may not be able to react quickly enough to a child who chases a ball into the roadway or a driver who swerves to avoid other obstacles or slams on the brakes.

Many drivers never think about how much must happen mentally and physically when one must respond to a sudden road hazard, obstacle or other driving emergency. A driver must first see and identify a potential emergency that requires a response. Once the driver has identified a potential hazard, the driver evaluates alternatives and must make a decision about the appropriate manuever to avert a traffic collision. Even after determining the appropriate emergency response, the driver must then physically make the appropriate steering, braking or acceleration manuevers necessary to safely negotiate the hazard. Many drivers forget that safe driving is a product of good decisionmaking not reflexes. Even a slight difference in speed can cost the critical time necessary to exercise the judgment required to prevent a serious car crash resulting in catastrophic injuries or wrongful death.

The experienced Marietta auto accident attorneys at Montlick and Associates have helped people just like you injured in serious Georgia car accidents for over 25 years. Our Georgia speeding accident attorneys are available to assist clients throughout all of Georgia, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Dalton, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. Call us today for your free consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) or visit us on the web at www.montlick.com. No matter where you are located, we are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you.

Category: Auto Accidents

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