Speeding is something we all do. Living and working in California almost demands a certain amount of excessive speed. Depending on the roads you take and the time of day in which you travel, a little extra push on the accelerator could be necessary. However, in many scenarios exceeding the speed limit is a matter of preference. Some people demand getting from point A to point B in the quickest possible – no matter how many people get put in harms way. This is considered negligent behavior. If an accident occurs as a result, the at-fault party could be held accountable.
Unfortunately, reckless driving accounts for a large majority of the accidents we see on the road every day. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), thousands of people lose their lives to speed-related accidents every year. In 2012 alone, over 10,000 people lost their lives, which accounted for almost 30% of the total number of traffic deaths that year. The NHTSA also reports that a vast majority of the wrecks are caused by young males.
But while these statistics are shocking, they are also avoidable. With the proper care and awareness, the general motoring public can avoid becoming part of the statistics. This is especially important as Northern California faces another few months of El Nino weather. No matter where you need to get to, remember there are hundreds of other people around you attempting to do the same thing. Take it slow, signal when required, use the appropriate defensive measures, and you’ll get to your destination on time.
If you’re involved in a speeding related collision, you may have grounds to pursue legal action. Depending on the severity of the crash, you could pursue a considerable amount of compensation. For more information or to schedule an appointment to discuss your accident, contact the Law Office of Rick D. Banks today.
You can reach us at (559) 222-4891.