Accidents happen on Tennessee roads for many reasons, and some crashes appear unavoidable. And then there are those collisions caused by pure negligence. Drivers who deliberately choose to travel far above the speed limit dramatically increase the road’s dangers. As the saying goes, speeding can kill. More accurately, drivers who speed might injure or kill others.
Speeding undermines safe driving
Statistics paint a grim picture of how hazardous speeding is. In 2020, 29% of all fatal accidents involved speeding. In those accidents, 10,136 people lost their lives. Although a driver might think they can control a vehicle and maneuver road conditions without problems, chances are speeding undermines their ability to do so. The accidents statistics show the terrible consequences of what happens when a driver can’t keep a car under control.
Driving too fast could affect reaction time. For example, if another car pulls out onto the highway, a speeding driver might be unable to avoid a collision. Speeding may lead to not seeing obstructions in the road or stalled cars. Speeding risks may increase when the weather’s inclement. Driving too fast on slick roads might be a recipe for collisions.
The consequences of speeding-related crashes
Speeding drivers may face negligence claims after their behavior could automatically make them negligent. Such may be the case with any car accidents caused by moving violations. Sometimes, one driver could embrace several negligent behaviors, such as speeding while under the influence of alcohol.
Persons responsible for another person’s injuries may find themselves legally liable for compensation. In wrongful death lawsuits, the negligent party might face an enormous financial judgment. Auto liability coverage could cover all the losses, but not in every situation. So, suing beyond policy limits may be worth exploring.