Driving or riding in a motor vehicle inherently poses risks of accidents or injuries. Accidents can happen to even the safest drivers due weather conditions or simple flukes. However, the risk for auto accidents increases exponentially when drivers choose to speed. It does not matter whether a driver regularly speeds or whether speeding is a rare occurrence, breaking the speed limit always poses a risk for you and other drivers and passengers on the roads. If you are involved in an auto accident as a result of a speeding driver, and you or your family members suffer injuries, you may be entitled to receive reimbursement for those injuries. It is important to call an experienced Coweta County auto accident attorney as soon as possible to assess your case and the possibility of reimbursement.
Speed limits are set by experts who determine the maximum safe speed on each particular road. Every time a driver goes above a speed limit, they are putting themselves and occupants of other motor vehicles in danger of an auto accident. Though speeding drivers may think going a few miles per hour over the legal limit is harmless, they may not be aware of upcoming curves in the road, difficult to see intersections, or merging traffic. Their excess speed may make it impossible to brake in time once they notice an obstacle or danger in the road.
Speed limits are especially important on rural roads, which are often winding and poorly lit, with hidden intersections or the possibility of animals in the road. Unfortunately, drivers on rural roads are some of the most habitual speeders since there are fewer police able to patrol the roads to enforce the speed limits, and rural drivers often have much farther to drive for everyday errands, such as grocery shopping or commuting to work or school. Additionally, drivers may tend to speed more on road trips in order to cut down on travel time. However, drivers covering long distances may be fatigued, less focused on the road, and have slower reflexes if they have to stop suddenly. Speeding further decreases the ability to timely stop in these situations, and therefore increases the incidence of an auto accident and resulting injuries.
Accidents at higher speeds are more likely to cause serious, and possibly fatal, injuries. If you or a loved one are injured in an accident as a result of a speeding driver, you should call Shane Smith Law at (770) 487-8999 for a free consultation. As an experienced auto accident attorney in Coweta County, Shane Smith can help you hold speeding drivers responsible and receive the settlement you deserve