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How Driving Speed Affects the Severity of a Car Accident

Published on Jul 25, 2019 at 2:26 pm in Car Accidents.

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While some drivers always pay attention to the road’s speed limit, it sometimes seems like others treat it as a suggestion. They do not fully grasp how going 10 km above the speed limit could increase their chances of getting into a crash and how much worse their injuries could be. Here’s what you need to know about the effects that speeding can have on the resulting implications of a car accident:

The Results of Speeding

As speed increases, so does the crash rate and the possibility that the outcome will be more severe than an accident that happens at a lower speed. According to SWOV, the Institute for Road Safety Research, that higher the collision speeds mean that the injury and overall damage will be greater. While cars have improved in terms of crash safety—seat belts, air bags, and the autobody is meant to absorb the energy from the crash—the force of impact is still high and the vehicle occupants will likely sustain injuries. The size of the car is another factor to consider. When a car with more mass is speeding and collides with a car with less mass, the lighter car will get the worse end of the crash.

Speeding doesn’t only apply to crashes involving two vehicles. A speeding driver can also hit motorcyclists, cyclists, and pedestrians. These people don’t have anything protecting them from the full impact of the crash. High speed crashes when one car hits a person are highly likely to result in devastating injuries or death.

What Other Dangers Does Speeding Have?

Speeding affects your driving in other ways that contributes to car accidents. When you’re speeding, your ability to control the vehicle decreases. The road has a set speed limit because that’s what’s safe to go on that road, in good conditions. If the road has blind turns or hills that make it difficult to navigate, speeding could exacerbate that problem. Taking a turn at a high speed risks the chances of the vehicle rolling over or running off the road.

It will also take longer for your brakes to be able to bring your vehicle to a complete stop. If you’re driving faster than everyone around you and you find that you need to stop immediately, your car will probably travel further than you expected before it finally stops. Unfortunately, if there’s something in your path, there’s a good chance you will collide with it.

Also, going the speed limit doesn’t automatically mean that you’re being a safe driver. You need to make sure you’re driving for the road’s conditions. If a road has the speed limit set at 80 kph, but it’s raining or snowing, then you may find that you need to travel at slower speeds to be safe.

Low Speed Car Accidents

Accidents can still happen if vehicles are traveling at low speeds. Just because you weren’t in a high speed accident doesn’t mean you’re injury free. It’s common for low speed car wrecks to result in soft tissue injury. You may get whiplash or strain something. No matter how you feel, you should see a doctor and tell them what happened.

It’s true that high speed crashes can cause severe injuries, but low speed accidents can cause painful ones too. If you ignore the signs or don’t see a doctor and start treatment, the injury can worsen and become more painful. It could eventually develop into something that gives you chronic pain and won’t be able to fully heal.

Filing a car accident claim with the Civil Resolution Tribunal System can be confusing to many people, especially when you’re dealing with car accident injuries. The system handles accident benefits, fault, damages, and minor injury determination. You may feel better knowing you have trusted legal representation from lawyers who are looking out for your best interests.

Wishart Brain & Spine Law can help guide you through the process. You deserve to have financial peace of mind so you can put your energy toward getting better and returning to your everyday life as soon as possible. If you have any questions, give us a call today.

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