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Why Speeding Leads to Serious Auto Accidents

On Behalf of | Oct 13, 2016 | Firm News

The lawyers of Tipp Coburn Schandelson PC believe in helping clients and their loved ones during their time of legal need. We have helped the people of Missoula through countless serious and fatal injury cases, offering the peace of mind that only experienced personal injury attorneys can provide.

When it comes to auto accidents, having skilled lawyers on your side is crucial for obtaining damages. Many collisions are caused by speeding, an issue we’d like to examine in more detail right now.

Speed Limits Are There for a Reason

While speed limits can vary from state to state, the speed limits are in place for a reason. Speed limits set a standard speed of traffic, which keeps people moving and can improve overall safety on the road.

In Montana, the speed limit on the highway is 80 miles per hour. This is higher than the speed limit in most of the country, which is as low as 65 miles per hour in some of the contiguous states. In Hawaii, the speed limit is just 60 miles per hour given the nature of its roads.

Speeding Is a Leading Cause of Auto Accidents

Every year, excessive speed is a leading cause of fatal auto accidents and serious injuries. Nationwide statistics find that almost one-third of annual motor vehicle fatalities are related to speeding. In the year 2012, for example, there were 10,219 speeding-related fatalities. These accounted for 30 percent of all fatal auto accidents.

Statistics also found an interesting correlation between excessive speed and driver gender. Males are often more likely to speed than females. In the year 2012, 24 percent of female drivers between the ages of 15 and 20 were involved in fatal accidents that were the result of speeding. By comparison, 37 percent of male driver in the 15 to 20 age group experienced fatal collisions due to speeding.

Flow of Traffic: Consider the Speed of Other Motorists

Speed limits are helpful to keep in mind, but motorists should also note the flow of traffic and use common sense while on the road. In cases of major traffic or slow downs, do not try to speed up in an unsafe manner. Consider the flow of traffic around you. If motorists are driving faster, keep up a safe pace. As traffic slows, slow down as well.

Follow Posted Traffic Signs

Traffic signs are there for a reason. Be sure to follow all posted speed limits carefully. Slowing down is crucial for safety when roads narrow, curve, or as lanes merge. By following traffic signs, you can avoid serious harm.

Use Caution While Driving in Poor Weather

During rain, snow, or icy conditions, it’s imperative that motorists slow down. There is no need to go 80 miles per hour during a heavy rain. The chances of skidding, hydroplaning, and just generally losing control of a vehicle increase during inclement weather. Use good judgment while driving, and be sure to exercise extra caution behind the wheel in these cases.

Learn More About Your Legal Rights in Auto Accident Cases

For more information about your legal rights following a serious auto accident, be sure to contact our team of personal injury lawyers today. The legal team at Tipp Coburn Schandelson PC is here for you and your loved ones offering expert counsel.