We share the road with others, and it’s important that everyone observes the rules of the road. Not following the rules of the road can mean disruptions in traffic, sudden swerving or overcorrection, and even auto accidents. If another motorist has acted recklessly and caused an accident of some kind to occur, it’s important that you speak with our team of skilled personal injury attorneys as soon as possible so you understand all of your legal options.
Right now, our legal team would like to look at the issue of speeding and why this is so important to consider with regard to auto accidents.
The Dangers of Speeding Drivers
Speed limits are in place for a reason. Whether on a freeway or on a city street, the posted speed limit ensures a reasonable flow of traffic, with sufficient ability for motorists to change lanes, turn, merge, and stop.
When a motorist speeds, the dynamics of the road change. Excessive speed means that other motorists may be put in danger. A speeding motorist will often overtake slower vehicles, switching lanes aggressively in order to maintain that excessive speed. Speeders will also tailgate many other motorists, meaning that there is greater likelihood of a collision if there is a sudden need to apply the brakes. The speeding motorist also places himself or herself in danger, as well as any passengers in the vehicle.
Types of Auto Accidents Caused By Speeding
We often see many rear-end auto accidents as a result of speeding, with the aggressive motorist colliding with the back of a slower motorist. T-bone accidents can also occur when a speeding motorist bolts through an intersection, hitting a perpendicular vehicle. Sideswipes are common too, particularly when a speeding motorist frequently changes lanes.
The most deadly sort of high-speed accident is the head-on collision. This is often seen on two-lane roads when a speeding motorist tries to overtake a vehicle ahead of it, colliding front-first with a vehicle traveling in the opposite direction in the other lane.
Greater Danger On City Streets
While excessive speed on highways is a major danger, excessive speed on city streets can be more serious. Our car accident attorneys have noticed many cases in which speeding drivers cause major accidents with buses, cabs, and tourist vehicles throughout the city due to their excessive speed. Bicyclists and pedestrians are also put at great risk, and both are particularly vulnerable to serious injuries.
How to Deal With Speeding Motorists
When you see a speeding motorist, do not try to race or match speed with the motorist. Act defensive and do your best to get out of his or her way. If possible, report the vehicle to the authorities when you can do so safely.
If you or a loved one is involved in an injury accident with a speeding motorist, that is when you get in contact with members of our legal team.
Learn More About Auto Accident Litigation
If you would like to learn more about all of your legal options following a serious motor vehicle collision, be sure to contact our Manhattan and Long Island personal injury attorneys today. The entire team here looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you make the best choices with regard to your legal options.