New research from the Auto Insurance Center indicates that fatal accidents in California typically occur at some of the highest speeds across the country. In order to determine this outcome, study researchers looked at approximately 12,000 fatal vehicle accidents across the country. Although they discovered that Georgia and Montana had accidents with the highest average vehicle speeds, fatal accidents in California typically occur at relatively fast speeds as well between 61 and 68 miles per hour.
The study also explored the relative ages of the drivers involved in these fatal vehicle accidents and the speeds that they were travelling. Drivers in their 20s and teenagers are involved in the most high-speed fatal accidents and as individuals age, they are less likely to be involved in fatal collisions and also tend to drive slower. If you have been seriously injured in an accident as a result of another driver’s aggressive speed, you may be paying the price in terms of serious injuries.
It may not be easy to tell right away if vehicle speed was a primary cause of an accident, but you can collect evidence after the incident to help support your claim. Individuals breaking the law and driving at excessive speeds in a reckless manner could be held responsible in court. If you believe that speed was an issue in an accident where you sustained injuries, consult with your attorney about this as it could prove an important factor in your claim.
Although speed limits are in place for a reason, many drivers choose to ignore them and put their own safety and the safety of others at risk. An accident involving speed could lead to severe injuries for victims. In the worst case scenarios involving accidents due to vehicle speed, individuals may never fully recover from their injuries and be saddled with significant medical bills.
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Michael Pines is a former insurance company attorney who graduated from the University of California Hastings College of the Law in 1987. While he was an insurance attorney, he learned from behind the scenes how insurance companies work and how they decide how much to pay injured people. Now that he works against insurance companies, Michael’s inside knowledge has resulted in significant benefits to his clients injured in car accidents. Learn more about Michael Pines