US Federal Highway Administration conducted a study which reveals that motorists who travel at a high speed are more likely to be involved in accidents than those who maintain their speed within prescribed limits.
Annually, thousands of people lose their lives in these accidents. It is also known that high-speed collisions result to serious injuries that would likely burden the victim as long as he lives.
Types of Crash
Basically, there are five scenarios of accidents caused by speeding. These are:
- Head-on collisions. These are accidents wherein the front-end of two vehicles collide. According to statistics, head-on collisions account for a small percentage in the total number of accidents but they cause about a tenth of all the fatalities from road accidents.
- Rear-end collisions. These usually occur when a vehicle hits the vehicle in front of it because of speeding, low speed, or untimely stop. Generally, the person that hit the preceding vehicle can be held liable for not maintaining enough distance or being distracted.
- Side collisions. These are commonly known as broadside or a T-bone collision as a vehicle's front end hits the other vehicle's side. They usually happen in intersections when one vehicle fails to yield at a red light.
- Sideswipe. Sideswipe collisions are accidents where the sides of two vehicles touch and be damaged. They usually result from the driver's inability to control his vehicle. They are known to be less severe compared to head-on collisions
- Rollover accidents. These are vehicular accidents that usually result from speeding wherein the vehicle would flip on its roof or in its side. Rollovers can occur after vehicle collisions, colliding with a road fixture, or making a sharp turn at a high speed.
These accidents have caused a lot of injuries and heartaches to the families of the demised. They can be prevented by following traffic laws and sticking with the prescribed speed limit in the area.
Aside from fatalities, high-speed collisions are known to cause serious injuries that would need permanent medication and treatment to alleviate the pain and discomfort of the victim.
These injuries would require extensive medical attention and so they should be compensated for by the party liable for the accident.
After an accident, it would be best for the family of the victim to hire legal representation who can assist them in litigation and the recovery of the compensation for economic and non-economic damages.