Car accidents happen for many reasons, but speed is one of most common reasons why people get hurt on Tennessee roads and highways. Most if not all drivers speed at some point, and while it may seem like a benign behavior, it is actually quite dangerous.
Speeding will not necessarily get a driver to his or her destination faster, but it will make it more likely that the person behind the wheel will cause an accident. If you suffered injury in a speed-related car crash, you have the right to seek compensation for your pain and suffering. Like other types of negligent and reckless drivers, speeding drivers can be held accountable for their actions.
It’s more dangerous than you think
Most people think that driving over the speed limit isn’t that dangerous. In reality, significant speeds do increase both the chance of an accident and the chance that any accident will be severe. Speed, no matter how excessive, is dangerous and unacceptable for the following reasons:
- It reduces the protective effect that safety equipment can have.
- Speeding leads to a greater chance that a driver will lose control of his or her vehicle.
- It can increase the severity of a crash.
- Speed makes it more difficult for a driver to come to a complete stop in order to avoid danger.
According to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration, speed has played a role in approximately one-third of all crashes over the last two decades. This high number underscores the danger of driving just slightly over the speed limit and the risk to personal safety that it presents. Speeding is not a victimless crime; in fact, innocent people can suffer or die because of another person’s decisions to drive at excessive speeds.
Fighting back against reckless drivers
After an accident, it’s difficult to know where to begin to rebuild and recover. You may not even be sure if you have a valid personal injury claim, but you have the right to know. It could be practical and beneficial for your situation to simply seek an evaluation of your case in order to understand the legal options available to you.
You do not have to suffer in silence when a person causes you harm due to reckless or negligent actions. Speeding is dangerous and inexcusable, and you can fight back by filing a civil claim to recoup your financial losses and obtain compensation for your pain and suffering.