While behind the wheel, all Maryland drivers have the responsibility of making smart and safe decisions. Unfortunately, many drivers do not make good decisions, and it is often innocent people who pay the price. Speeding is one of the most common types of reckless driving, and it is one of the most common causes of car accidents.
Every driver has likely gone over the speed limit at some point. There are specific reasons why there are set speed limits, and traveling even a few miles per hour over the posted limit can have detrimental consequences. If you suffered injuries, property damage and financial loss because of an accident caused by a speeding driver, you could have grounds to pursue damages through a civil claim.
What’s so bad about speeding?
Speeding may not seem that dangerous, but it significantly increases the chance of a crash. In 2018, almost 10,000 people across the United States died because of accidents caused by speeding drivers. Speeding is reckless and unacceptable for the following reasons:
- It makes it more difficult to come to a complete stop in an emergency.
- It limits the amount of time a driver has to react to a hazard.
- It makes it more likely a driver will lose control of his or her vehicle.
- It can increase the severity of a crash.
- It can make it more likely that people will suffer severe injuries.
- It reduces the effectiveness of safety equipment, such as seatbelts.
Drivers typically do not think twice about speeding if they are running late or caught in traffic. In fact, many may assume the greater threat involved with speeding is the potential for getting a ticket, not causing an accident. There is no excuse for speeding, and drivers are accountable for any harm caused by their reckless choices.
Speeding causes harm
An accident involving a speeding driver is more likely to cause serious property damage and grave injuries to those inside the vehicles. If you suffered harm in a motor vehicle collision caused by speeding, you would be wise to explore the legal options available to you. Through a civil claim, you may be able to recoup your financial losses and secure what you need to cover your non-economic losses as well.
You do not have to handle the aftermath of a serious accident alone and feel unsure of what to do next. The civil justice system can be complex and confusing, and it is prudent to have experienced legal guidance at every step.