Speeding That Results In Accidents And Serious Injuries

The Dangers Of Driving At Excessive Speeds

Speeding continues to pose a major threat to traffic safety. As seen in many Chicago area traffic accidents – as well as those in McHenry County discussed on this site – driving at excessive speed has been the cause of many accidents. These accidents have often resulted in serious injuries, and in many cases loss of life.

The State of Illinois has a “Speed Awareness Day” resource library, and conducts an annual “Speed Awareness Day.”  In this library a variety of statistics are cited with regard to speed and its impact on vehicle accidents and injuries.

Among these statistics are the following, from the 2019 “Residential Facts On Speeding” page:

  • When a pedestrian is hit by a car at 20 MPH there is a 10% likelihood of being killed, at a speed of 30MPH the percentage increases to a 50% likelihood of being killed.
  • The higher the speed at impact, the more severe the injuries sustained.
  • 37.9% of the speed-related crashes result in injuries.
  • When speeding there is a greater chance that other road users will misjudge how fast you are traveling.
  • Speeding extends the distance required to stop a vehicle in emergency situations.
  • Speeding reduces a driver’s ability to navigate safely around curves or objects in the roadway.

Interstate speeding is discussed on the 2019 “Interstate Facts On Speeding” page:

  • The probability of death, disfigurement, or debilitating injury grows with higher speed at impact. Such consequences double for every 10 MPH over 50 MPH.
  • The effectiveness of restraint devices like airbags, safety belts, crumple zones, and side beams decline as impact speed increases.
  • 37.9% of the speed-related crashes result in injuries.
  • Speeding extends the distance required to stop a vehicle in emergency situations.
  • Crash severity increases with the speed of the vehicle at impact.
  • Speeding reduces a driver’s ability to navigate safely around curves or objects in the roadway.
  • Speeding can lower gas mileage by 33% at highway speeds.

The rapid deceleration of speed that often occurs during accidents creates potentially great physical forces that are transmitted to vehicle occupants. As stated on the site:

When a vehicle crashes it undergoes a rapid change in speed.  However, the occupants keep moving at the vehicle’s previous speed until they are stopped, either by hitting an object or by being restrained by a safety belt or airbag.

It is for this reason that wearing a seat belt remains one of the foremost injury preventative measures. Various benefits of wearing a seat belt are further discussed on the “Seat Belt Usage Safety Benefits” page.

Why Driving At Fast Speeds Is Inherently Dangerous

There are various reasons as to why driving at high speeds is inherently dangerous. Usually, streets, roads and highways are designed to be driven at certain speeds. If those speeds are greatly exceeded, the driver places all the occupants of the vehicle at risk, as well as potentially other road users that may be in the area. These other road users can include other drivers as well as those not in cars and trucks, such as bicyclists, pedestrians, and motorcyclists.

Speeding, if excessive, often creates an environment where the driver may lose control of the vehicle for a number of reasons. This loss of vehicle control has been a primary source of many vehicle accidents. As seen in many Chicago area accidents involving loss of control, serious accident injuries often result. Additional discussion of loss of control issues, including those that have occurred in McHenry County, can be seen on the “McHenry County Loss Of Vehicle Control Accidents” page.

Street racing and drag racing often involves driving at speeds considerably higher than the speed limit. There have been many instances where this street racing has led to crashes, serious injuries, and loss of life. Among those who have been injured include the drivers and passengers in the racing vehicles, as well as those observing the races. In some instances vehicles not involved in the racing have been hit by the racing vehicles.

Speeding And Rollover Accidents

While excessive speeding can lead to many types of crashes, one of the most common – and serious – types of accidents that can result is a vehicle rollover. These crashes are highly physically traumatic and often lead to serious accident injuries. These injuries can be life-threatening and fatalities can occur.

While there are many reasons as to why a vehicle rolls over, one of the foremost factors is that the vehicle is traveling at higher speeds. Reasons as to why rollover accidents occur, as well as the type of accident injuries that typically result, are further discussed on the “McHenry County Rollover Accidents” page.

If You Are Injured By A Motorist Driving At Excessive Speed

There are many steps you should take if you are injured during a motor vehicle accident. These steps include those to safeguard your health as well as to protect your legal rights. If you have been injured due to the negligent actions of another person, you may be able to receive injury compensation. This injury compensation is often pursued through the filing of a personal injury lawsuit. For those people who are fatally injured, relevant parties may pursue compensation on behalf of the decedent through the filing of a wrongful death lawsuit.

Getting money for injuries can be a very pressing issue. As discussed above, if you have been injured by someone who has been driving at a very high speed, it is likely that you will be seriously injured. These injuries can require extensive hospitalization and testing, as well as a significant recovery period that will likely require physical rehabilitation and occupational therapy.

Costs for this medical treatment can be significant if not substantial. As well, there will likely be other financial hardships. These hardships can include income that is lost during the period of medical treatment and recovery.

Various types of severe injuries can lead to semi-permanent or permanent physical impairments. As well, there can be cognitive impairments. The development of physical and/or cognitive impairments can have substantial implications both for the overall quality of life, as well as the ability to perform various functions.

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Over the last 25+ years the firm has established a reputation for its court trial capabilities. This court trial performance has resulted in many clients receiving considerably more compensation than the amount offered as settlement.

Many notable settlements and verdicts are discussed on the “About” page. As well, the page highlights various awards and designations that the firm and its lawyers have received.

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To receive a free legal consultation regarding your accident injuries, call Tony Elman, Lead Trial Attorney of the Elman Joseph Law Group, at 773-392-8182 at any time. Or, he can be reached via email at [email protected]

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