Speeding is one of the most common causes of car accidents in the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The term “speeding” covers two different types of behavior: driving at rates above the posted speed limit, or driving too fast to control the vehicle given the current roadway conditions, such as rain, ice, or darkness.
Either type of speeding can cause a wide range of accidents. Here are some of the most common car accidents that can result from speeding.
Rear-end accidents often occur when a driver is going too fast to stop the vehicle before it collides with the vehicle in front of it. Heavy traffic—including traffic that is slowing down or stopped in front of the vehicle—is one of the many types of road conditions for which reduced speeds and vehicle control are essential. If drivers don’t slow down in response to traffic ahead of them, they may cause a crash.
Slide-Offs or Sideswipes
Driving too fast for conditions can also cause vehicles to slide off the road or slide into other vehicles, resulting in an accident. These types of accidents are far more likely when the road is wet or slippery, although they can occur even in dry conditions if the driver’s speed is high enough.
Pedestrian or Bicycle Collisions
Collisions when pedestrians, bicyclists, or motorcyclists often occur because the driver of a car was going too fast to avoid the accident. When speed is combined with driver distraction, the results can be particularly dangerous, both for other motorists and for those who are outside the vehicle.
If you’ve been injured in a car accident caused by speeding, don’t hesitate to speak to an experienced New Jersey injury lawyer who can help you deal with insurance companies and seek the compensation you deserve. Contact Rudnick Law today.