One scary thing about driving is the irresponsibility of many drivers on the road. Car crashes continue to injure millions of drivers, passengers, pedestrians and other road users every year. More than 30,000 also continue to lose their lives in fatal crashes which, if only drivers were more careful and concerned about safety, then road crashes would have been avoided.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), one major cause of car crashes is speeding. With 33% of all fatal motor vehicle crashes being due to speeding (this translates to about 13,000 lives lost every year), it has now become the third leading cause of accidental death on the road.
Speeding , or driving at excessive speed, can either mean driving above the set speed limit or driving too fast for certain road conditions, like a wet and slippery road, a road covered in mist or fog, or when there is road construction going on. The ones most guilty of speeding, as shown through different crash analyses, are young drivers – those aged between 17 and 24 years old.
Another study reveals that many of those guilty of speeding do not suppose that driving at fast speed is dangerous; neither do they think that speeding is a serious traffic violation. And while other speedsters may be aware of the risk of accident speeding causes, the excuse they give for their bad road behavior is their being insured anyway so that, in the event of an accident, damages will be taken care of by their insurance providers.
Driving faster increases the possibility of a driver losing control of his/her vehicle. It also increases the force of impact in a crash, resulting to more serious injuries, probably even death.
Aggressive drivers often exceed the speed limit as they weave in traffic, cut others off, zoom up on other cars from behind, and tailgate. This type of driving is often accompanied by other types of rude and dangerous behavior, such as cursing, using obscene gestures, and failing to signal.
If you have been seriously hurt in a car crash or have lost a family member in a motor vehicle accident that was caused by someone else, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation for your injuries against the person who caused the accident, the company or government entity responsible for causing or failing to repair a hazardous road condition, or a manufacturer of a defective vehicle or one of its parts.
Some of the damages that may potentially be recovered include, but are not limited to:
- Medical Expenses
- Lost earnings and earning potential
- Expenses for household services you can no longer perform
- Cost of transportation and childcare for medical appointments
- Cost of assistive devices
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Psychological disturbance
- Loss of affection, companionship, or marital consortium
- Diminished quality of life
- Funeral expenses (in wrongful death cases)