Many Florida Drivers Drive Too Fast
Speeding is a prevalent issue on Clearwater, Hudson, and Tampa roads, and people driving too fast pose significant risks to drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and property. The reasons individuals speed vary, but whenever a driver exceeds the speed limits, they compromise their own safety and are endangering others.
Recognizing the dangers of speeding can lead to drivers developing safer driving habits, which can reduce the number of reckless incidents. But even when you follow speed limits and traffic laws, you can’t control others. If you are facing high expenses because of an accident involving a speeding driver, connect with an experienced injury lawyer in order to secure a maximum recovery amount.
Dangers of Reckless Driving and Florida’s Speeding Problem
Florida’s sunny weather and open roads are attractive to individuals who enjoy driving cars and operating motorcycles, but sometimes this feeling of freedom contributes to drivers exceeding speed limits. Driving too fast is a widespread problem in the sunshine state. According to recent data from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, in one year over 22,000 Florida crashes were attributed to speeding, and these collisions resulted in hundreds of fatalities.
Speeding significantly increases the likelihood of accidents, and a collision at high speeds can exacerbate the severity of injuries. Here are some key reasons why speeding is dangerous:
- Reaction times are reduced. Driving at high speeds means a driver has less time to react to unexpected situations or potential accident risks, such as sudden lane changes, pedestrians crossing the road, or vehicles stopping ahead.
- Stopping distances increase. When a person is operating a vehicle at a high speed, it takes them longer to bring the vehicle to a stop. This increased stopping distance is especially problematic in congested traffic or adverse weather conditions, and avoiding a collision can be difficult to impossible as a result.
- Loss of control. Speeding makes it more challenging to maintain control of the vehicle, so rollovers, spinouts, and other serious accidents are possible when a speeding driver is unable to navigate curves or make sudden turns safely.
- Impact force is magnified. Should an accident occur, the force of impact will be exponentially higher for speeding drivers than it would be if they were operating their vehicle at a safe speed. And because higher speeds intensify the force of collisions, severe damage is possible. It is also true that occupant protection systems, such as seat belts and airbags, are helpful at any speed but are typically less effective in high-speed traffic incidents.
Speeding is a significant concern on Florida roads, leading to numerous accidents each year. After an accident due to a driver operating their vehicle recklessly, it is crucial to seek legal assistance from a Florida personal injury lawyer.
Are you hoping to hold a speeding Florida driver accountable for your accident expenses? If you have been a victim of a reckless driver, do not hesitate to seek the assistance of the legal experts at Roman & Roman, attorneys with over 100 years of combined experience. Schedule your fee-free, no-obligation consultation today.
Although the law firm of Roman & Roman has offices in Clearwater, Hudson and Tampa, we handle cases and claims throughout Florida. We also meet personally with our clients if at all possible, rather than impersonally over the phone or on the Internet.