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Speeding makes car crashes more likely and worse

On Behalf of | Nov 23, 2020 | Car Accidents |

One of the most common factors involved in Minnesota car accidents is the fact that one or both drivers were speeding. Despite the fact that drivers have been warned of the dangers of speeding from the time that they got their license, they still continue to do it. The problem with speeding is that it makes car accidents even more deadly.

Speeding increases the risk of an accident

Drivers’ instincts are not as sharp when they are traveling at a high rate of speed. The faster a driver travels, the less likely they are to be able to take evasive action to avoid an accident. It is much more difficult to brake and control the vehicle. The problem is compounded on tricky roads or during adverse weather conditions. Nonetheless, drivers speed either because they are impatient or are in a hurry, thereby endangering their lives.

Speeding makes the crash worse

The impact of a crash will be much harder when the car is traveling faster. A 50% increase in speed will more than double the impact of a crash. Higher impact means more damage to the vehicle and a higher chance of serious injury for drivers and their passengers. The crash safety features are less able to protect the occupants of a vehicle when the driver is speeding.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a crash where the other driver was speeding, you may be entitled to significant financial compensation for your injuries. The first thing that you need to do is contact an MVA attorney to explore filing a claim for compensation. Your attorney could help negotiate a settlement agreement. If necessary, they may file a lawsuit on your behalf if a settlement agreement cannot be reached with the insurance company.