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How Speeding Affects Motor Vehicle Accidents

On Behalf of | May 20, 2020 | Car Accidents, Personal Injury |

More Accidents with More Serious Consequences

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), speeding has been involved in nearly 1/3 of all motor vehicle fatalities for more than 2 decades. In 2018, speeding killed 9,378 people, and in 2018, speeding was a contributing factor in 26% of all traffic fatalities.

What Happens When You Speed?

For many people, speeding just means getting a speeding ticket. In reality, however, speeding has a litany of harmful effects.

The consequences of speeding include:

  • Decreasing fuel efficiency
  • Losing control of your vehicle
  • Increasing the amount of time it takes to stop
  • Decreasing the efficiency of occupant protection equipment
  • More severe injuries
  • Expensive property damage

When you drive at high speeds, your ability to prevent a crash is reduced. When you crash at high speeds, your car’s ability to protect you goes down dramatically.

People speed for a variety of reasons, but speeding is never worth your life – or someone else’s.

Criminal Consequences

If you are caught speeding, you could receive pricey citations and points against your license. In California, speeding tickets can range from $238 to $490 depending on how fast you are going at the time of your traffic stop. If you’re going fast enough, you could even be hit with a misdemeanor charge for reckless driving.

If you cause a collision while speeding and someone gets hurt or killed, you can also face criminal charges and consequences – both fines and jail time.

Civil Consequences

Aside from fines and jail time, you could be held responsible for any injuries and losses associated with an accident in which you were speeding.

Similarly, if someone else is speeding when they hit you, they could be responsible for:

  • Your medical bills
  • Your missed wages
  • The damage to your vehicle
  • Your pain and suffering
  • Any long-term effects of the accident

Civil consequences are usually decided in insurance settlements and personal injury lawsuits.

Final Thoughts

Speeding puts you, your passengers, and everyone around you at risk. You should always follow the speed limit and adjust to the traffic around you.

Unfortunately, no matter how carefully you drive, you cannot control the actions of others.

If someone causes a collision while speeding, and you are injured as a result, call the Law Offices of Andrew B. Shin for a free consultation.

We can help you move forward and pursue justice. All you have to do is contact us at 408-341-6025 or send us a message online.