Many individuals are aware that speed limits are posted for a reason. Unfortunately, when one driver doesn’t follow these rules, it can compromise the safety of others. Recently a Spring Valley woman was killed in a high-speed freeway crash. The freeway connector ramp at South Bay was closed after one motorist died in a single vehicle crash. A freeway crash can be especially dangerous since all involved vehicles tend to be traveling at high speeds.
Unfortunately, many other accidents may involve multiple vehicles or pedestrians, cyclists or motorcycle riders. These excessive speeding accidents can lead to catastrophic injuries. The California Highway Patrol noted that in this particular incident, the car’s speedometer was stuck at 105 miles per hour, although they do not yet know the exact speed of the vehicle at the time of the fatal collision. The ramp was reopened early that morning. This is one example of how driving at excessive speeds can put others and the driver at risk.
Driving a vehicle at excessive speeds makes it more difficult to control the vehicle or to stop in the event of an obstacle or other conditions such as changing weather. Other drivers on the road are not anticipating that a vehicle will be travelling faster than 100 miles per hour so they may not have time to adjust either. If you have recently been injured in an accident due to someone else’s excessive speed, this may become an important component of a personal injury claim for a freeway crash.