Speeding is one of the leading causes of auto accidents. If you were hurt in one, it is in your best interest to reach out to our firm today to speak with a skilled Toronto auto accident lawyer as soon as possible. Our legal team is prepared to help you obtain the compensation you need to heal.
How does speeding cause auto accidents?
It is important to understand that speeding is a significant factor in traffic deaths and injuries. The role of speeding in collisions is defined in terms of its effect on the driver, the vehicle, and the road. Excessive speeding decreases the amount of time the driver has to respond in a dangerous situation to avoid a crash, increases vehicle stopping distance, and decreases the ability of road safety structures (such as guardrails, impact attenuators, crash cushions, median dividers, and concrete barriers) to cover vehicle occupants in a collision.
Speeding was a factor in 26% of all traffic fatalities in 2019, killing 9,478, or an average of over 25 people per day. The total number of fatal motor-vehicle crashes related to speeding was 8,544. A crash is referred to as speeding-related if the driver was charged with a speeding-related offense or if racing, driving too fast for conditions, or exceeding the posted speed limit was suggested as a contributing element in the crash.
The percentage of speeding-related deaths has steadily decreased. In 2010, 32% of traffic fatalities were speeding-related, compared to 26% now.
What steps should you take after an auto accident?
If you were injured in an auto accident and would like to pursue legal action, it is critical that you act fast. By taking the following measures, you may increase your chances of filing a successful personal injury claim, if you choose to take legal action in the future:
- Call the police. They will be able to document the process by conducting a police report. They will also send an ambulance to the scene to treat any injuries sustained in the car accident.
- Gather any witnesses’ contact information while you wait for the ambulance to arrive.
- Take plenty of pictures and videos of the scene of the accident including any hazards that played a part in the accident.
- Take a picture of your injuries.
- Accumulate the insurance information of the other party.
- When medical assistance arrives, seek medical treatment as soon as possible.
- Retain the assistance of an experienced personal injury lawyer. A skilled attorney will work to fulfill the burden of proof to retrieve the compensation you need to heal.