Injured in a Speeding Auto Accident in Tampa?
– by Your Tampa Injury Attorney, Martin J. Hernandez
Tampa Speeding Accident Lawyer
Speeding endangers everyone on the road. Other cars, pedestrians, bicyclists…everyone. In 2016, auto accidents where speeding was a factor, killed 10,111 people, more than a quarter (27%) of all traffic fatalities that year.
We all need to get somewhere and get there fast. Such is modern life of juggling a busy schedule, but speed limits are put in place to protect all road users. Furthermore, speeding on busy roads can contribute to road rage. Another known danger.
Safety Facts on Speeding
50%: Percent of speeding passenger vehicle drivers involved in fatal crashes in 2016 who were unrestrained at the time of crash
32%: Percentage of male drivers 15-20 years old who were speeding in fatal crashes in 2016.
37%: Percent of all speeding drivers who were alcohol-impaired in fatal crashes in 2016.
Dangers of Speeding
For more than 20 years, speeding has been involved in approximately one-third of all motor vehicle fatalities. In 2016, speeding was a contributing factor in 27% of all fatal crashes.
Speed also affects your safety even when you are driving at the speed limit but too fast for road conditions, such as during bad weather, when a road is under repair, or in a poorly lit area
Speeding endangers not only the life of the speeder, but all of the people on the road around them, including law enforcement officers.
The consequences of speeding are far-ranging:
- Greater potential for loss of vehicle control;
- Reduced effectiveness of occupant protection equipment;
- Increased stopping distance after the driver perceives a danger;
- Increased degree of crash severity leading to more severe injuries;
- Economic implications of a speed-related crash; and
- Increased fuel consumption/cost.
What Drives Speeding?
Speeding is a type of aggressive driving behavior. Several factors have contributed to an overall rise in aggressive driving.
Traffic congestion is one of the most frequently mentioned contributing factors to aggressive driving, such as speeding. Drivers may respond by using aggressive driving behaviors, including speeding, changing lanes frequently, or becoming angry at anyone who they believe impedes their progress.
Some people drive aggressively because they have too much to do and are “running late” for work, school, their next meeting, lesson, soccer game, or other appointment.
A motor vehicle insulates the driver from the world. Shielded from the outside environment, a driver can develop a sense of detachment, as if an observer of their surroundings, rather than a participant. This can lead to some people feeling less constrained in their behavior when they cannot be seen by others and/or when it is unlikely that they will ever again see those who witness their behavior.
Disregard for Others and For the Law
Most motorists rarely drive aggressively, and some never do. For others, episodes of aggressive driving are frequent, and for a small proportion of motorists it is their usual driving behavior. Occasional episodes of aggressive driving–such as speeding and changing lanes abruptly–might occur in response to specific situations, like when the driver is late for an important appointment, but is not the driver’s normal behavior.
If it seems that there are more cases of rude and outrageous behavior on the road now than in the past, the observation is correct—if for no other reason than there are more drivers driving more miles on the same roads than ever before.
Tampa Attorney Martin J. Hernandez
Martin J. Hernandez of Fernandez & Hernandez, LLC in Tampa provides legal representation for families in car accident injury and wrongful death cases. Our Tampa personal injury attorneys welcome the opportunity to interview with you and your loved ones. We invite you to review our recent results from settlements to trial verdicts. Our qualifications and background are available to you as well. Our Tampa Attorneys Martin Hernandez and Martin Hernandez PA are bilingual as well. Call us at 813.755.9500 for your free consultation and ask us why we are your best choice of lawyers in Tampa.
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