There are many reasons why car accidents happen in California, and speeding is one of the most pervasive ones. Speeding is a problem across all of the US, not just in California, but California’s long, open roads mean that drivers have a lot of opportunities to drive faster than they should. Speeding accidents are particularly dangerous because of how much damage they can cause to everyone involved. The occupants of each vehicle could be seriously injured, and the vehicles could be heavily damaged.
That means the victim of a speeding accident could have a lot of expenses that they need to worry about. But if the accident was not their fault, then they could receive compensation from the insurance company of the driver who did cause the accident. However, they will need the help of a car accident lawyer to get that compensation. Kirakosian Law will help any California resident who has been in a speeding accident because we know how serious those kinds of accidents can be. So if you were injured in a California speeding accident, then contact Kirakosian Law for a free consultation and to get the help you need.
The Dangers of Speeding Accidents
There are many reasons why speeding is such a dangerous activity for both the speeder as well as other people on the road. One of those reasons is that a speeding vehicle is more likely to get into an accident because the driver has less time to react to any obstacles in their way. Furthermore, the stopping distance increases the faster a vehicle is moving, which means that even if the driver hits the brakes, they might not be able to avoid a collision.
If a speeding driver does crash into something, then the results are likely to be more devastating. The reason is that the faster a vehicle is traveling, the greater the impact will be, which means that any vehicle or person involved in a high-speed crash is likely to suffer a lot of damage. At high speeds, safety measures both inside and outside the vehicle are a lot less effective; that includes external safety measures like guardrails, concrete barriers, impact attenuators, and so on. Vehicular safety systems like airbags and crumple zones are likely to be less effective as well. That means anyone involved in a high-speed crash is likely to suffer serious injuries, some of which could even be fatal.
In 2019, speeding was a factor in 26% of all traffic fatalities. That amounts to 9,478 deaths in total, with about 25 deaths per day. Speeding was a factor in 8,544 non-fatal crashes as well, which is a stark indicator of just how dangerous speeding can be.
The Consequences of Speeding in California
There are many reasons why speeding should be avoided, with safety being the main one. However, speeding can affect your finances and driving privileges as well. You will get fined for driving over the speed limit, and the higher you are over the limit, the higher your fine will be. You may also get points on your license, and if you accumulate too many points, then your driver’s license could get suspended. A speeding fine may not cause a huge financial impact, but the increase in your insurance rates certainly will.
After just one speeding ticket, a driver in California could see their insurance rates go up by as much as 42%. That means the actual cost of a speeding ticket could be 33 times the cost of the actual ticket. When you add that to the expenses and devastation caused by a speeding accident, it becomes clear that speeding is just not worth the risk,
Contact Kirakosian Law If You Were in a California Speeding Car Accident
At Kirakosian Law, we know just how devastating and destructive a high-speed accident can be, which is why we will always fight to get the victims of such accidents the compensation they deserve. A speeding car accident can cause severe injuries to the people involved in the accident and to their vehicles. That means the accident victim of a high-speed crash could have a lot of expenses that they need to pay for, but they should not have to pay for those expenses out of their own pocket.
We will help any California speeding car accident victim with their case so that they have the best chance of getting the compensation that they need. If you were injured in a high-speed crash in California, contact Kirakosian Law. We will give you a free evaluation of your case and provide you with the help you need.