Cape Coral Accident Attorney: Five Good Reasons to Slow Down

by Carmen Dellutri on August 17, 2012

Port Charlotte injury attorneyAs Cape Coral injury lawyers, we know that speed can kill. In fact, speed is a factor in about one out of three fatal crashes, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. It is also the third leading contributing factor to traffic crashes.

Studies have shown that while most drivers cite speeding by others as a threat to their safety on the road, the majority of drivers also say they also guilty of speeding when driving. Common reasons for speeding include being in a hurry or believing that they aren’t driving dangerously.

With this in mind, we would like our readers to consider the following five reasons for slowing down:

  • Speeding is risky. Speed reduces the amount of available time needed to avoid a crash and increases the likelihood of crashing. Drivers need at least 61 feet and 1.07 seconds to stop a vehicle traveling at 25 mph, and a length of 350 feet and 3.2 seconds are required to stop a vehicle traveling at 70 mph.
  • Speeding leads to serious injuries. Crash forces on impact double with every 10 mile per hour increase in speed above 50 miles per hour. As crash forces increase, so does the chances of being killed or seriously injured in a crash.
  • Speeding costs billions. Speed-related crashes cost society over $40 billion annually, according to NHTSA. Every minute "gained" by speeding to a destination costs U.S. society over $76,000.
  • Speeding risk is not limited to the highway. Speeding fatalities are not confined to high-speed roads. NHTSA's 2006 fatality data shows that 47 percent of speed-related fatalities occurred on roads posted at 50 mph or less, and more than 20 percent occurred on roads posted at 35 mph or less.
  • Speeding puts others in danger. Drivers who speed are not only putting their own lives at risk, but everyone else on the road. Pedestrians, bicyclists, and other drivers are all at risk for injury if you get into an accident, lose control of the vehicle, or fail to stop in time because you were speeding.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Cape Coral accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Cape Coral injury attorneys for a free consultation.

 

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