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Speed is a Top Factor in Virginia Car Accidents

You are probably familiar with the dangers of speeding, but a recent report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reveals that the risks are even more considerable than you think. In a study covering the last two decades, researchers found that speeding was a key factor in about 30% of all fatal motor vehicle crashes. For 2017, excessive speed contributed to 26% of all deadly collisions. Of course, these figures do not take into account the massive number of speed-related vehicle accidents that cause serious injuries.

If you suffered injuries or lost a loved one in a crash caused by speeding or other forms of negligence, you should discuss your legal remedies with a Virginia auto accident lawyerright away. It is also helpful to review some important information about the role of speed in traffic-related collisions.

Speed Limits and Safety Issues

Contrary to popular assumption, there are reasons behind speed limits that have nothing to do with annoying motorists. The posted signs are formulated around physical factors and conditions that may be present along a certain stretch of road, such as:

  • Curves and turns;
  • Steep hills or grades that limit visibility;
  • Heavy versus light traffic on the road at different times of day;
  • The condition of the road;
  • Traffic signs and signals;
  • Exit and entrance ramps, intersections, and merge lanes; and,
  • Many other features.

With these issues in mind, it is important to remember that the speed limit signs indicate the fastest rate that any driver should be traveling in ideal conditions. When motorists encounter rain, sleet, snow, ice, fog, and other factors, they may need to slow down further to meet the duty of reasonable care.

Direct Link Between Excessive Speed and Virginia Car Crashes

The faster a vehicle is traveling, the more time a driver needs to identify a safety hazard and act to avoid a collision. The exact maneuver depends on the situation, but the proper reaction will often involve a sudden stop, quick deceleration, or veering away. A speeding motorist may fail to recognize a potential threat, which means he or she cannot respond in time to prevent an accident.

It is difficult for other motorists on the road to assess and predict a speeding driver’s behavior to keep yourself safe. Whether you are in another car, on foot, or riding a bike, your perceptions are distorted by that person’s excessive speed. You might cross the street, enter an intersection, or attempt to make a turn, thinking you have plenty of time to complete the maneuver. A motorist who is speeding may not be able to avoid hitting you.

Call Now to Speak to a Virginia Auto Accident Attorney

Speeding may be a primary factor in many car collisions, but there are many other forms of negligence that can lead to serious injuries. If you were hurt in a motor vehicle crash, please call Hampton Injury Law PLC to set up a free case evaluation with an experienced attorney. We can provide more information about your rights after reviewing your circumstances.

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