You’ve probably heard the joke that speed is not a set number, it is just a suggestion. If you have ever gotten pulled over and received a speeding ticket, you know that joke isn’t that funny. If you have been injured in a car accident because the at-fault driver was speeding, you know it is even less funny. Our Ventura County car accident attorneys at the Law Offices of J. Jeffrey Herman wants you to know that the speed limit is not a suggestion. It is a number that needs to be followed. Speeding is a form of reckless driving is a sign of negligent behavior. Witnessing a car speed down the road is a sign of aggressive driving.
Same Direction Accident
According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, speeding is a sign of aggressive driving. The consequences of speeding include:
- increased potential of losing control of a vehicle
- unable to stop efficiently when the driver senses danger
- increased severity of a crash
- increased fuel consumption
- reduced effectiveness of crash protection equipment
For example, around 11:30 PM on a Monday night at the intersection of Victoria Ave. and Wooley Rd. a speeding driver collided with a car going in the same direction. The investigation is not ruling out drugs and alcohol, but they are positive that speeding was involved.
The Firebird hit the side of a Lexus at a high speed resulting in the Firebird veering off the road and hitting a palm tree. There were three people in the Firebird and just one driver in the Lexus. The driver of the Firebird was killed instantly. The front passenger was ejected from the seat and went through the front window. She died while in the hospital. The third passenger is in critical condition, but stable. The driver of the Lexus was unhurt and remained on the scene. The investigation is still pending on what happened.
What We Do Know
Even though there may have been other factors like drug or alcohol or distracted driving, speeding did not help the situation. Speeding makes driving more dangerous and leads to more severe accidents resulting in even more property and bodily harm. In 2017, around 9,717 died because of a speeding driver accounting for 26% of traffic fatalities. Last, 49% of traffic fatalities involved speeding drivers. We may not know everything about the accident that resulted in two deaths and one life-changing injury, but we do know that speeding was a contributing factor.
What To Do
If you or someone you love is suffering from an injury due to a car accident, it is important to seek legal assistance immediately. Our Ventura County Car Accident Attorneys are ready to fight for you. We can ensure that you receive financial compensation for medical bills, loss of income, transportation, and pain and suffering. Don’t be bullied into taking the first offer from an insurance company. If you are injured then you need to be compensated. Call 805-983-2344 or click here to start a free consultation about your case with our professional attorneys at the Law Offices of J. Jeffrey Herman in Ventura County today.