Michigan Attorneys for Speeding Accidents
Speeding is a common factor in many traffic accidents. Most of us have witnessed drivers who rush through city or neighborhood streets and drivers who seem to fly down the interstate or highway because they are traveling at such high rates of speed. We usually shake our heads or ignore these drivers as they speed past us leaving us far behind. However, what happens when a speeding driver hits your car?
Speeding Accidents are Fatal
Speeding at the time of a car crash increases the risk of fatal injuries and serious injuries. When a driver exceeds the speed limit, the driver places his life and the lives of all others on the road in danger. Of the 37,461 traffic fatalities in 2016, 27 percent of those crashes involved at least one driver who was speeding. Nationwide in 2016, deaths in speeding accidents increased by four percent from 2015. The Michigan State Police report that speeding too fast was a factor in approximately 6% of the total traffic accidents in 2016. Speeding accidents resulted in 194 deaths and 7,157 injuries in 2016. During 2017, speeding too fast was also a factor in approximately 6% of the traffic accidents statewide. The number of deaths from speed-related accidents fell slightly in 2017 to 161 fatalities, and injuries in speeding accidents decreased to 6,885.
Even though there was a slight reduction in the number of deaths caused by speeding accidents, even one death is one too many. Speeding is a driving behavior that can be controlled. Drivers who exceed speed limits or drive too fast for conditions choose to do so. They choose to put themselves and others at risk. Therefore, when a driver causes a speeding accident, that driver can and should be held liable for damages caused by the crash. The Michigan speeding accident attorneys of The Clark Law Office at 517-347-6900 to schedule a free legal consultation.
Speeding Accidents Can Be Prevented
One definition of “accident” is an event that happens by chance or without deliberate or apparent cause. However, speeding accidents do not happen by chance and they do have an apparent cause. When a driver exceeds the speeding limit, that driver puts himself and others at serious risk. Speeding accidents are preventable, but negligent drivers do not appear to be concerned with the safety of others. Their negligent and reckless behavior exhibits their disregard for the safety of others. The easiest way to avoid a speeding accident is to obey the posted speed limits. Other ways to avoid a speeding accident include: