Speeding doesn’t just put drivers at risk for an expensive ticket; it can also cause serious injuries or even death, according to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS). Approximately 900 U.S. motorists die each month in speeding-related crashes, and thousands more are injured. As many as one in three car accident deaths and serious car accident injuries occur in speeding-related crashes each year.
Three major factors make speeding highly dangerous. First, the faster the vehicle is moving, the quicker the driver must react when he sees an emergency and the less time he has to notice it and take action. Second, a fast-moving vehicle needs more room to stop than a slow-moving one.
Finally, speeding increases the force of the crash. The faster two vehicles are going when they collide, the more force is involved. For instance, a vehicle traveling 60 miles per hour will hit with 125 percent more force than a vehicle traveling 40 miles per hour. In many speeding-related crashes, occupants of the vehicles are injured because the vehicle cannot withstand the additional force. That power has to go somewhere, and it often goes into crumpling the passenger compartment, posing serious risks to those riding in the vehicle.
Speeding is just one misbehavior that can cause serious injuries. If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident, please don’t hesitate to contact the experienced New Hampshire auto accident attorneys at Tenn And Tenn, P.A. For a free and confidential consultation by telephone, call us today at (603) 624-3700, or call our toll-free Injury Helpline at 1(888) 511-1010.