Speeding includes both exceeding the speed limit and driving too fast for conditions. In 2014— the most current year for which data is available—the Kentucky State Police reports that drivers who were traveling too fast for conditions caused 5,807 accidents and that drivers who were exceeding the state speed limit caused 1,197 accidents. This included more than 100 fatal accidents.
Why Speeding Drivers Often Cause Fatal Accidents
A driver’s speed can result in a serious, potentially fatal accident for the following reasons. A speeding driver has…
- A shorter reaction time. It takes time for a driver to see an object, process its presence, and then move his foot to avoid a collision—time that is drastically reduced at higher speeds.
- Increased stopping distance. Even after a driver has hit the brakes, it will take time for the car to come to a stop. Most posted speed limits calculate safe stopping distances, and every mile over will cover more ground.
- Increased momentum. A vehicle traveling at high speed will collide with an object with greater impact than one traveling at the speed limit—and there is also less chance that braking alone will stop the car.
- A greater likelihood of losing control. A car’s steering reacts much differently at high speeds. A small movement if the wheel can cause the car to spin out of control.
- A harder time navigating curves and obstructions. While drivers may be able to speed on straight roads without noticing a difference in handling, a slight curve in the road or fallen debris can cause a high-speed vehicle to tip over, a common cause of rollover accidents.
A fatal crash in Kentucky can happen anywhere, and it is important to know what to do if such an accident has taken the life of your loved one.
Call a Wrongful Death Lawyer Today if Your Loved One Has Been Killed by a Speeding Driver
An attorney cannot, unfortunately, bring back your loved one or undo your emotional suffering. However, an experienced lawyer can negotiate for your fair recovery of financial damages including, but not limited to:
- Medical expenses incurred prior to death.
- Funeral costs.
- Lost income.
- Pain and suffering.
For more information, please call us at 888-450-4456—any time of the day, any day of the week—to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with an attorney who can help your family through this tragic time.