The truth is that speeding it entirely preventable. When it results in car accidents, it becomes a senseless tragedy for everyone involved.
That’s why it is with heartbreak that we share this story that was recently reported by KTLA News 10 Los Angeles. According to the news source (3/10/2015), three individuals were killed following a high-speed car crash that resulted in a head-on collision on the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) near La Jolla Canyon Road.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the collision was so violent that it split the vehicle in question in half. Officials originally believed there was a third vehicle involved in the crash; however, it was later discovered that the wreckage was comprised of two pieces of the same vehicle.
Witness reports told officials that the vehicle had been speeding down the highway when it lost control and began to spin into traffic headed in the opposite direction. As it entered oncoming traffic, the vehicle collided head-on into another vehicle resulting in the tragic death of three individuals.
The PCH was closed completely for two hours while police investigated the scene of the accident. Officials are still investigating the details of the crash.
YOUR SPEED, YOUR SAFETY
This accident is especially heartbreaking because it was completely preventable. Speeding is a choice and it is completely controllable. Of course, if alcohol or drugs enter the equation, speeding is an unfortunate and often common ancillary reaction to driving under the influence. Although it is unknown whether drugs or alcohol were a factor in this particular crash, it goes without saying that you should always drive sober and NEVER get behind the wheel after you’ve had something to drink.
In the case of speed, it is up to you as a responsible driver to make the right choice. When it comes to your safety and the safety of those around you, here’s what you can do to take it easy on the road and make it to your destination unscathed.
SET YOUR CRUISE CONTROL
When traveling on San Diego freeways, why not set your cruise control to the posted speed limit? It’s a good idea not only when it comes to controlling your speed but also for the sake of an easier drive. Using cruise control can help you resist the urge to speed along to your destination so give it a try next time you’re driving any San Diego freeway.
LISTEN TO GOOD (CALMING) MUSIC
Save the hardcore music for another time. When you’re behind the wheel, consider a more calming vibe that can ease your mind. If you’re especially prone to speeding, music can be a lifesaver – literally!
It’s one of the worst feelings in the world: You leave your house too late only to be rushed on the road to get to your appointment in time. Don’t risk it! Create a new habit of leaving far earlier than you have to in order to get to where you need to be in time. They say habits take two weeks to establish. Try leaving twice as early as you normally would for the rest of the month and see what happens. You’ll be glad you did!
DO THE MATH
Speeding actually doesn’t get you to your destination THAT much faster. Really, it’s true. Think of it like this: If you travel at 65 m.p.h. in a 55 m.p.h. zone for fifteen minutes, you actually save less than three minutes of time once you arrive at your destination. Three little minutes. And, you might end up with a traffic ticket that may cost you hundreds not to mention the time and energy to take care of the ticket – including traffic school. It’s not worth it, so slow down and take your time.
CONSIDER A SLOWER CAR
If it’s time to get a new car, why not get an energy efficient one that’s also a little calmer on the road? Many hybrid vehicles not only get excellent mileage but they aren’t particularly fast or zippy. Or, simply opt for an economy model. Do you due diligence and find a good car that works for you AND that isn’t a speed demon, either.
WHEN SPEEDING-RELATED CAR ACCIDENTS OCCUR
Unfortunately, speeding can all too often result in San Diego traffic accidents. If you have been injured in an accident and you suspect the other person was speeding, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Give us a call today and speak to a car accident lawyer for FREE: 1-858-551-2090. It doesn’t cost a penny to hire us and we only collect when we win your case. Call San Diego’s most trusted car accident firm today.