Excessive Speeding Resulting In Accidents And Serious Injuries

Hazards Of Driving At Excessive Speeds

Excessive speeding remains a foremost reason for vehicle accidents. This speeding continues to be a major traffic safety issue, as it has led to many Chicago-area crashes resulting in both serious injuries and loss of life.

The State of Illinois maintains a “Speed Awareness Day” resource library, and conducts an annual “Speed Awareness Day.”  In this library a variety of statistics are presented.

Among these statistics are the following, from the 2019 “Residential Facts On Speeding” page:

  • When a pedestrian is hit by a car at 20 MPH there is a 10% likelihood of being killed, at a speed of 30MPH the percentage increases to a 50% likelihood of being killed.
  • The higher the speed at impact, the more severe the injuries sustained.
  • 37.9% of the speed-related crashes result in injuries.
  • When speeding there is a greater chance that other road users will misjudge how fast you are traveling.
  • Speeding extends the distance required to stop a vehicle in emergency situations.
  • Speeding reduces a driver’s ability to navigate safely around curves or objects in the roadway.

Interstate speeding is seen on the 2019 “Interstate Facts On Speeding” page:

  • The probability of death, disfigurement, or debilitating injury grows with higher speed at impact. Such consequences double for every 10 MPH over 50 MPH.
  • The effectiveness of restraint devices like airbags, safety belts, crumple zones, and side beams decline as impact speed increases.
  • 37.9% of the speed-related crashes result in injuries.
  • Speeding extends the distance required to stop a vehicle in emergency situations.
  • Crash severity increases with the speed of the vehicle at impact.
  • Speeding reduces a driver’s ability to navigate safely around curves or objects in the roadway.
  • Speeding can lower gas mileage by 33% at highway speeds.

Another aspect of speeding, which is particularly relevant to the accident injuries that can result from excessive speeding, is the following:

When a vehicle crashes it undergoes a rapid change in speed.  However, the occupants keep moving at the vehicle’s previous speed until they are stopped, either by hitting an object or by being restrained by a safety belt or airbag.

Street Racing And Drag Racing Has Led To Many Serious Accidents

A continual source of serious accidents is street racing and drag racing. These races often involve drivers traveling at (highly) excessive speeds. This unsanctioned and illegal high speed driving often occurs on streets and roadways that are not intended for high-speed driving. As such, speeding on these streets is inherently dangerous.

There have been instances in the Chicago area where other vehicle traffic has been hit by vehicles that are involved in street racing. There have been many Chicago-area instances of street racing that has led to racers, spectators, and others being seriously injured by a vehicle that is racing. Some of these accident injuries have led to loss of life.

Reasons Why Driving At High Speeds Is Especially Hazardous

There are many reasons why driving at excessive speeds can result in a crash. Roadways are typically designed to be safely traveled at a certain speed. This speed is typically reflected as the speed limit. When a driver travels considerably above this speed, there can be many hazards that occur depending upon how fast the vehicle is traveling. As seen in many Chicago area accidents involving speeding, loss of vehicle control often leads to an accident. While loss of vehicle control can happen for many reasons, it often occurs when a vehicle is traveling too fast for the roadway. Various aspects of loss of vehicle control and the accidents and injuries that can result are further discussed on the “Will County Loss Of Control Accidents” page.

Drivers who are excessively speeding also place other roadway users at risk. Other drivers may not be aware that a vehicle is quickly approaching, and as such may inadvertently make a turn in front of the oncoming vehicle. These turns may be a right-hand turn or left-hand turn.

Other roadway users such as bicyclists, pedestrians, and motorcyclists can also be placed at risk.

As well, when someone drives at excessive speeds their reaction time is typically limited. This leaves less time and opportunity for them to adequately respond and control where the vehicle is going.

Ways To Avoid Crashing The Vehicle

There are many steps a driver can take to avoid crashing a vehicle. Avoiding driving at excessive speeds is a foremost preventative measure. As well, avoiding being distracted is another important measure. Various aspects of driving while distracted are further discussed on the “Distracted Driving Accidents” page. As discussed on that page, while there are many ways that the driver can be dangerously distracted, texting while driving likely remains the most frequent.

Ways To Lessen The Possibility Of Being Seriously Injured

There are many vehicle safety features and preventative measures that can serve to reduce the probability of accident injuries occurring should a crash happen. Also, even if they don’t prevent injuries, these features and measures can serve to lessen the severity of any accident injuries that occur.

One of the best ways to prevent harm is for all vehicle occupants to wear seat belts. Wearing seat belts provides many benefits, including that they prevent the occupant from being ejected (i.e. being partially or fully thrown) from the vehicle during an accident. The safety benefits of wearing a seat belt is further discussed on the “Seat Belts As An Accident Injury Preventative Measure” page.

What To Do If You Are Injured By A Vehicle Traveling At Excessive Speed

As discussed above, those who have been hit by a vehicle traveling at a very high rate of speed often suffer serious injuries. Many of these people are critically injured and loss of life can become a possibility.

Those who have been injured in a crash should take various steps. 10 of these steps are discussed on the “10 Steps To Take…” page. These steps include actions to take to protect one’s health as well as those to preserve the ability to get maximum compensation for accident injuries. For those who have been injured when another person is at fault, injury compensation may be attainable. Often, the injured person pursues maximum compensation through the filing of a personal injury lawsuit. In accidents resulting in fatalities, compensation may be pursued by relevant parties through the filing of a wrongful death lawsuit.

Often, when someone is injured there is a pressing need for compensation. There are many direct and indirect financial burdens that can result due to the injuries. Among the largest financial strains is past, present, and future medical bills and any wages that may be lost as the injured person may be unable to work during injury recovery.

Severe accident injuries may lead to permanent injuries and various types of physical and cognitive impairments. These issues may lead to an inability to perform various tasks, including basic life functions.

The Personal Injury Trial Lawyers At The Elman Joseph Law Group

The Elman Joseph Law Group has been handling Illinois personal injury lawsuits for over 25 years. As well, the firm handles wrongful death lawsuits.

During this 25+ year period, the lawyers have won many notable cases. Various notable lawsuit settlements and court verdicts are discussed on the “Lawsuit Results And Illinois Court Trial Capabilities” page.

Tony Elman, Lead Trial Attorney of the Elman Joseph Law Group, offers a free legal consultation to discuss your injuries as well as to discuss the possibility of filing a lawsuit. He can also answer questions you may have regarding the legal process.  He can be reached 24/7 at 773-392-8182. (or he can be reached via email at [email protected]).

Elman Joseph Law Group handles lawsuits on a contingency basis…clients never pay a fee unless and until they receive monetary compensation.

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