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When speed is a factor in car accidents, what can victims do?

When people drive over the posted speed limit, it is not only against the law, but it also greatly increases the chance of a car accident. Many drivers underestimate the importance of respecting speed limits, and many also fail to see the danger of driving at high speeds. Driving too fast places every person on the road at risk of suffering serious injuries in a crash.

Speed not only makes it more likely that an accident will happen, but it can also increase the severity of a crash. When car accidents happen due to this type of reckless driving, victims have options. It is possible to hold individuals accountable for damages related to negligence and poor choices behind the wheel.

A common but serious problem

As Illinois readers know, speeding is a rather common problem. Drivers speed for many reasons, but by making the choice to do so, they are disregarding both the law and the safety of others. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, drivers may experience a feeling of detachment while driving in their own vehicles, which can make it more likely they will speed or engage in other dangerous behaviors.

Cars moving at a high rate of speed can cause significant damage. It is beneficial for all drivers to understand the risks associated with this action, including the following:

  • If a driver is speeding at the time of a collision, it can greatly increase the severity of the impact and damages.
  • Speeding makes it more likely that a driver will lose control of his or her vehicle.
  • When speeding, a driver will take longer to come to a complete stop, which may mean he or she is more likely to hit another vehicle.
  • Seat belts and other types of protective equipment are less effective when a vehicle collides at increased speeds. 

Like drunk driving, distracted driving and other types of aggressive or negligent driving, speeding is preventable and inexcusable. If you are the victim of an accident caused by a speeding driver, you have legal options available to you.

Seeking recovery after an accident

After an accident, you will find great benefit in seeking guidance as soon as possible regarding a potential civil claim. Victims of negligent driving may have grounds to pursue compensation from the liable parties to cover their financial losses and other damages. It may be helpful to learn more about this option through by reaching out for a complete evaluation of your case.

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