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Why Are Speeding-Related Accidents So Common in Illinois?

Posted on in Car Accidents

McHenry County speeding accident lawyerAmerica is full of busy people. There are workers rushing to their jobs, and parents shuffling their children off to school and soccer practice. Then there are those who are running late to a doctor’s appointment, or in a hurry to get to the airport. Unfortunately, all that hustle and bustle means that some drivers are going faster than they should. That can increase their risk of causing an accident, and may also lead to more serious injuries for victims. If you or someone you love has been injured, you should know your rights—including your right to pursue full and fair compensation. 

Respect for Speed Limits is Deteriorating

While most people do recognize that speed limits are the law, not a suggestion, researchers suggest there is an erosion of respect for those laws. In fact, a 2002 study found that one-third of drivers admitted to regularly driving at least 10 miles per hour faster than other road users. These were all self-reported incidents, which suggests the actual numbers could be much higher. 

In a more recent study, researchers from Purdue University asked 988 drivers a single question: at what point did they feel like speeding became a personal threat to them or their family. They were given three options to choose from: 5, 10, and 15 miles per hour over the speed limit. Nearly half (43 percent) said they felt safe driving up to 10 miles per hour over the speed limit. Another 36 percent asserted that safety did not become a concern until they exceeded 20 miles per hour over the posted speed limit. 

Increased Speed Increases Risk of Crash and Serious Injury

Posted speed limits are determined through careful and extensive research. Factors such as stopping times, traffic type, traffic flow, and potential blind spots are considered, along with any other relevant state, city, or location-specific issues. Those who disobey the posted limits may be considered to be acting with negligence, not just because they are putting themselves at risk for a crash but also because they are risking the safety and well-being of others on the road. In addition, faster speeds mean an increased risk of serious injury or wrongful death. Thankfully, victims do have the right to pursue compensation. 

A McHenry County Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help

Although it is possible for victims to file a claim on their own, those who seek legal representation often experience more favorable outcomes. An attorney can help you protect your rights and prevent you from being further victimized by the insurance company or negligent driver. If you or someone you love has been injured by a speeding driver, let the team at Botto Gilbert Lancaster, PC fight for you. Call 815-338-3838 to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced Crystal Lake speeding accident attorneys today.

 

Sources:

http://www.purdue.edu/uns/x/2008b/081107ManneringSpeeding.html

https://injuryfacts.nsc.org/motor-vehicle/motor-vehicle-safety-issues/speeding/

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