As our readers know, excessive speeding is a danger to all drivers and those whom with we share the roadways. Because it is already common to drive at higher speeds on highways than regular roads, it is that much more important to avoid excessive speeding on highway roads.
Reports by Lawrence Journal-World indicate that a tractor-trailer crashed into an Interstate 70 tollbooth, killing the driver. Authorities reported that the man died at the scene of the crash and that his passenger is in critical condition. Authorities said that the truck hit the tollbooth at highway speeds, and that the driver never slowed down before the crash. The cab then wrapped around the tollbooth, and the engine landed 50 yards away. Thankfully, the tollbooths at this location were not staffed, as this impact split the barriers. At the time the truck had been hauling garden hoses, and hundreds of hoses were strewn about the area as a result of the crash.
The article does not elaborate on why the truck driver failed to slow down or what caused the accident. However, high speeds are a significant factor in many motor vehicle crashes. According to SmartMotorist.com, excessive speeds are a cause of one third of all fatal crashes. Speeding is defined as exceeding the posted speed or driving too fast for the conditions, such as congestion or bad weather. Not only do high speeds take lives, but these otherwise preventable accidents are extremely costly to our economy. It is estimated that speeding-related crashes cost the U.S. $27.7 billion per year. Furthermore, the year of 1998 was an exceptionally high year in which 42,000 people were killed in accidents, 3.2 million were injured, and the costs were over $150 billion.
It is important to avoid excessive speeding because speed reduces the time available to stop and avoid crashing. It also increases the likelihood of a crash and the severity of a crash. Per the same article, crash forces double with every 10 mile per hour increase in speeds above 50 miles per hour. Because the severity of the impact increases with speed, if drivers increase their diligence in being safe and avoid negligence, motor vehicle accidents can be prevented.
If you have been seriously injured or lost a loved one in a crash due to the negligence of another driver who drove at excessive speeds, you have unfortunately understand the dangers associated with speeding all too well. However, you may be able to obtain compensation for your injuries and suffering in a lawsuit, but it is important to file your lawsuit in a timely manner to abide by the time limits imposed by the Statute of Limitations. Our attorneys have successfully represented clients in personal injury and motor vehicle accident lawsuits for over 20 years. Call our firm today for a free consultation, and our attorneys would be happy to discuss your case with you.