Driving at elevated speeds can increase the severity of a crash

On Behalf of | Mar 7, 2023 | Personal Injury

Car accidents happen for a variety of reasons, and they are often the result of the negligent or reckless actions of a driver. Many crashes in South Dakota are preventable with cautious and careful driving, as well as simply following the rules of the road. One way to prevent accidents and reduce the chance of injury for everyone on the road is to simply follow the posted speed limit. These limits are based on many factors, including traffic flow, proximity to residential areas and more.

Driving over the speed limit is one of the most common forms of reckless driving. This action is a blatant disregard for the safety of others, as well as the law. Speeding is common, however, and many drivers do not see the danger in driving just a few miles per hour over the speed limit. Speeding is dangerous, even if it is not at excessive rates, and it can lead to more risks than many people realize.

The effects of speeding

Most of the time, drivers choose to speed because they believe it will allow them to reach their destination faster. Typically, the risks associated with driving over the speed limit far exceed any potential benefit one may get from going too fast. Instead of helping, speeding leads to the following hazards that may lead to a crash:

  • It can increase the distance it takes to come to a complete stop.
  • Speeding increases the severity of a crash and elevates the impact of damage caused.
  • When going too fast, a driver is less likely to react to a hazard in enough time to avoid it.
  • It will reduce the effectiveness of safety equipment in the event of a crash.
  • A driver is more likely to lose control of the vehicle when speeding.

Speeding is reckless, completely preventable and inexcusable. If you are suffering from severe injuries after a crash, it is possible your suffering is due, at least in part, to a driver’s decision to go over the speed limit.

What are your options?

As the victim of a car accident, you will benefit from a complete understanding of the legal options available to you. It is possible that you have grounds to pursue compensation through a civil claim, an action that will allow you to both seek recovery of your losses as well as seek justice for what you experienced. An assessment of your accident and other details can provide an understanding of what course of action will be most appropriate.


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