Drivers who exceed the posted speed limit often don’t recognize the dangers they pose to themselves and other road users. No matter how skilled or attentive a driver may be, speeding can reduce his or her ability to stop when needed.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 2016 saw a total of 10,111 traffic fatalities caused by speed-related accidents. This accounted for 27 percent of all road deaths for that year.
Accidents caused by excessive speeding can be deadly for the following reasons:
- Drivers are more likely to lose control of their vehicles.
- Stopping to avoid a crash requires more distance.
- Crash severity increases with speed.
The attorneys at Coplan + Crane have seen the devastation speed-related crashes have caused victims and their families. We proudly serve injured motorists in the Chicago area and will fight aggressively to help you receive the compensation you deserve.
Why drivers should reduce their speed in cities
In an effort to mitigate traffic accidents caused by speeding, a new study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) suggests that cities should lower their speed limits.
The study initially focused on Boston, which in early 2017 reduced its speed limit from 30 mph to 25 mph on municipal roads and dense areas. When compared to similar roads in Providence, RI, the study found that drivers:
- Were 29.3% less likely to exceed 35 mph
- Were 8.5% less likely to exceed 30 mph
- Were 2.9% less likely to exceed 25 mph
As part of the Vision Zero initiative, Seattle, Portland, and New York City have also reduced their speed limits. Additionally, other cities have implemented Automated Speed Enforcement.
Filing a claim after a speed-related accident
While some major metro areas may be up-to-date on reducing accidents caused by speeding, other cities may be lagging behind. A single speed-related accident can leave crash victims in months of physical therapy and out of work – unable to pay their living expenses and medical bills. If a speeding driver caused your accident, he or she should be held accountable.
That’s why you should consult with an experienced Chicago auto accident attorney who will gather crucial evidence to help you build a strong claim.