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Speed can kill: The dangers of a driver in a hurry

Every driver has gotten behind the wheel of a vehicle while in a hurry. The temptation to speed can be hard to resist, especially when there is traffic or other issues to slow a driver down. Despite the fact that most drivers speed at some point, speeding actually does very little to help a person arrive at his or her destination faster.

If you were to list the dangers most prevalent on Montana roads, chances are that you would include distracted driving and drunk driving at the top of your list. While these issues do get a lot of attention, speeding remains one of the most common safety threats to motorists and one of the leading causes of car accidents.

Why is speeding dangerous?

In 2014 alone, speeding claimed the lives of almost 10,000 people. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that over a period of 20 years, speeding has played a role in as many as one-third of all motor vehicle accident fatalities.

Despite the obvious dangers of driving too fast and the fact that it is a blatant disregard for the law, speeding presents the following risks:

  • Greater potential for loss of vehicle control
  • Reduced effectiveness of safety gear, such as seat belts
  • Increased severity of damage when involved in a crash
  • Increased stopping distance

Speeding increases the risks of an accident, increases the chances that passengers will suffer serious injuries and increases the results of a collision. Drivers who engage in this negligent and reckless behavior should be liable for the damages suffered by innocent victims.

Fair compensation for victims of speeding

Were you hurt or did you lose a loved one as the result of an accident caused by a speeding driver? It is possible to hold these drivers accountable, and by working closely with an experienced personal injury attorney, you can make a strong claim for financial compensation.

A civil claim can be an arduous process, but it may be the most appropriate way by which you can begin to rebuild your life after a serious accident. By filing a lawsuit, you may seek to recover your losses associated with the following:

  • Medical care
  • Damage to vehicle
  • Rehabilitation or therapy
  • Lost wages from missed work

No amount of compensation can reverse what happened to you, but it can go a long way toward helping you move forward. You will find great benefit in learning about the legal options available to you after a speed-related accident.

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