Speeding Contributes to the Severity of Accidents in Baltimore, Maryland
In 2016 480 people died in traffic accidents on Maryland’s roadways. Of those deaths, 1o4 were attributed to speeding. As a contributor to almost 30 percent of all accidents, speed is a factor that drivers can easily control by simply easing up on the gas pedal. Our Baltimore car accident lawyers are committed to holding reckless drivers accountable for the devastation they cause.
Sustaining a serious injury or losing a loved one in a motor vehicle collision is always difficult, but when the crash is caused by another person’s carelessness, the event is truly tragic. Baltimore car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, P.A. help people like you who have been needlessly injured or who lost a family member in a preventable auto accident.
Correlation Between Speeding and Car Crashes
Both the risk of having an accident and the severity of the crash increase exponentially when a car is traveling above the posted speed limit. Combined with other issues, excessive speed can create dangerous circumstances, including:
- Distracted driving — Any action that takes a driver’s hands off the wheel, eyes off the road or mind off driving is dangerous. Add speed to the mix and the potential repercussions of distracted driving are significantly compounded. For example, the act of reading or sending a text message typically takes the driver’s eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds — tantamount to driving an entire football field blindfolded if the driver is going 55 mph. Although texting and driving at any speed is dangerous, higher speeds take a driver’s eyes off the road for greater distances.
- Hazardous roadways — Some roadways are not designed for a car to travel at higher speeds. Maryland’s hilly terrain, exit ramps and sharp bends in the road can cause a driver to lose control if driving fast.
- Safety measures are less effective — The severity of injuries increases with higher speeds. A high-speed crash is more likely to result in catastrophic or fatal injuries than a fender-bender because of the immense power of the speeding vehicle.
- Stopped or slowed vehicles — Roadway congestion, an accident or a broken-down vehicle can cause traffic to slow down or stop. A speeding vehicle that unexpectedly approaches the congested area has less of an opportunity to brake than a car traveling at the posted speed limit and may slam into the back of another automobile in a rear-end collision.
Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Help Victims Recover Compensation for Those Injured in Speeding Accidents
To recover the damages you deserve, call Baltimore car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, P.A. at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact our firm online to schedule your free initial consultation. We are available by phone 24 hours per day, and we handle your personal injury claim on a contingency basis. We are dedicated to your case.
Our offices are conveniently located in Baltimore, Columbia, Glen Burnie and Towson, and we represent car accident victims and their families throughout Maryland, including those in Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Harford County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Maryland’s Western Counties, Southern Maryland and the Eastern Shore.