At Nunes Law, our Fresno auto accident attorneys know how common it is for California drivers to operate their vehicles over the speed limit. Whether they are running late, trying to beat a red light, or attempting to pass another vehicle, there are several very good reasons why speeding can be punishable through tickets and fines, points against the offending driver’s license, or increased charges of reckless driving: Speeding causes catastrophic vehicle collisions, injuries, and fatalities.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 11,258 people were killed in speeding-related crashes throughout the U.S. last year — a 17% increase from the previous year.
In total, 29% of all traffic fatalities across the nation involved speeding. In California, the percentage of speed-related fatalities was consistent with the national numbers, accounting for 29.1% of all fatal crashes, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety.
The reality is, tens of thousands of people are losing their lives each year to the negligent actions of drivers, including those who choose to speed. Tragically, these crashes were — and are going forward — all preventable.
Why is Speeding So Dangerous?
It is nearly impossible to talk to another driver — in California or across the nation — that has not exceeded the speed limit at some point in their driving career. While a mile or two over the speed limit may seem harmless, the dangers behind speeding are important to understand.
- Extends the time it takes the vehicle to stop.
- Reduces the driver’s ability to steer safely around another vehicle, hazardous object, or unexpected changes in the road’s designed curves.
- Increases the risk of a crash because other cars, trucks, motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians may not be able to properly judge the driver’s distance.
During vehicle traffic collisions, higher rates of impact often lead to an increase in catastrophic injuries like severe whiplash, neck and spine injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and wrongful death. If speeding has negatively impacted your life, we want to help.
Contact Our Experienced California Auto Accident Lawyers at Nunes Law for a Free Consultation Today
If you have been injured or have lost a loved one in a crash with a speeding or otherwise negligent driver in California, contact our experienced personal injury attorneys in Fresno at Nunes Law today by calling 559-436-0850 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation to discuss your legal rights and options to hold the liable party accountable for your complete financial recovery.