Speeding Accidents in Georgia

The term “speeding” refers to motor vehicle drivers who operate motor vehicles at a speed above the posted speed limit or who travel to fast for various driving situations including adverse weather conditions like snow and congested traffic. It is important to understand that “speeding” does not always mean a driver was exceeding the posted speed limit. In many cases, “speeding” refers to a motorist who traveling too fast for road conditions. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that the driving technique of speeding causes thousands of deaths throughout the country each year. Nearly one third of car accidents in the United States include at least one speeding driver.

There are a few common reasons why motorists speed. One of the reasons that motorists speed is to avoid being late for important deadlines or work. Other motorists speed because it is uncertain what the post speed limit is. Motorists must know that there is never a good reason to speed and doing so can greatly endanger the lives of motorists.

Georgia Law Regarding Speeding

Georgia law states that the speed limits posted on the road are the maximum lawful speed limits except in situations when a special hazard requires a lower speed. In state of Georgia, these speed limits are thirty five miles per hour for urban or residential districts, sixty five miles or seventy five miles per hour on highways and outside urban areas. In adverse conditions like wet roads or traffic, however, individuals might be required to travel at a lower speed.

Georgia state law strictly enforces speeding laws in an effort to increase the safety of motor vehicle drivers and passengers. Individuals who are guilty of speeding face harsh fines, increases in auto insurance prices, and revocation of driver’s licenses.

Factors Often Associated With Speeding Accidents

There are two factors that are often associated with speeding accidents.

  • Aggressive Drivers. Aggressive drivers who are experiencing road rage often engage in speeding.

  • Alcohol. Alcohol use contributes to many speeding accidents. A large number of motor vehicle drivers involved in speeding accidents have exceeded lawful blood alcohol concentration.

  • Younger Men. Younger men are often associated with speeding accident.

Conditions That Make Speeding Particularly Dangerous

There are a few conditions that tend to be involved in many speeding related accidents, which include the following:

  • Alcohol and Drug Abuse. These types of substance addictions can result in motorists speeding. Reports estimate that around forty one percent of intoxicated drivers involved in a fatal crash were speeding at the time.

  • Road Designs. The layout of roads has a substantial impact on speeding related accidents. Most catastrophic motor vehicle accidents occur on curved roads. Other dangerous road conditions include tight or blind curves in the road.

Dangerous Situations Created By Speeding

Speeding is not just dangerous because it increases the impact when motor vehicle collisions occur, speeding can also create several other dangerous situations including the following:

  • Difficulty Maneuvering Around Obstacles In The Road.
  • Inability To Make Safe Turns Or Lane Changes.
  • Inability to Stop Quickly.
  • Loss Of Vehicle Control.
Common Injuries Resulting From Speeding Accidents

Speeding injuries can result in a wide variety of injuries to motor vehicle drivers and passengers. Some of the most common injuries that result from speeding are amputations, brain injury, broken or fractured bones, and burns. In the very worst speeding accidents, individuals can experience paralysis and sometimes even deadly injuries.

Motor vehicle drivers must understand that there are several groups that can be injured by speeding accidents. These groups include the following:

  • Bicyclists. Bicyclists can be difficult for speeding motorists to spot and unfortunately sometimes speeding motor vehicles strike bicyclists, which can result in substantial injuries and sometimes even fatalities.

  • Other Motorcyclists. Motorcyclists unfortunately risk being struck by speeding drivers. These types of accidents frequently prove to be catastrophic in nature.

  • The Driver’s Own Passengers. Many times, speeding drivers might survive a motor vehicle collision better than the motor vehicle’s passengers.

Determining Liability For Motor Vehicle Accidents

Speeding involves violation of a traffic law. As a result, motor vehicle drivers who speed are presumed to have driven negligently. If motor vehicle drivers are found to be negligent then drivers can be held liable for the resulting damages, injuries, or deaths. Based on the facts of each individual case, however, an individual speeding case may be particularly complex to litigate in a court of law.

How To Avoid Speeding

There are certain steps that motor vehicles drivers should take in order to avoid speeding. These steps include, but are certainly not limited to, the following:

  • Avoid Highway Hypnosis. “Highway hypnosis” refers to the event that arises when a driver stops focusing on driving due to the repetition of motions. Many individuals who encounter highway hypnosis end up speeding. To prevent this act from happening, motorists who are driving long distances should remember to take frequent breaks.

  • Do Not Drink And Drive. Motorists should never combine alcohol and motor vehicle operation. The combination of these two elements frequently results in speeding.

  • Remain Aware Of Your Car. Motor vehicle drivers should practice examining a dashboard occasionally to make sure that a vehicle is traveling at a safe speed. By monitoring vehicle speed regularly, motorists can avoid speeding.

  • Take Careful Notice Of Posted Speed Limits. Some motorists end up speeding because they are unaware of the posted speed limit. To prevent exceeding the speed limits, motor vehicle drivers must remember to take careful notice of road signs.

  • Use Cruise Control. Cruise control allows motor vehicle drivers to set motor vehicles at a specific speed. Using cruise control helps ensure that motorists do not exceed posted speed limits.

How Legal Counsel Can Help Speeding Accident Victims

Car accidents that occur due to speeding can result in serious injuries and sometimes even fatalities. Experienced legal counsel can help clients obtain adequate compensation for these substantial events from the other driver’s insurance company. Compensation that is awarded can include disability, disfigurement, lost wages, mental anguish, and pain and suffering.

There are many individuals who injured each year by speeding motorists. If you or a loved one have been involved in a motor vehicle accident involving speeding, the capable legal representation at The Angell Law Firm, LLC can help make sure that you receive the compensation that you need. For a free consultation, contact The Angell Law Firm today. If you were so substantially injured in a speeding motor vehicle accident, The Angell Law Firm understands and even offers house and hospital calls to accident victims who are seriously injured.