Driving at high speeds can lead to devastating consequences and endangers everyone sharing the road, including other drivers and pedestrians. Alcohol consumption is a common factor involved in speeding crashes on the road. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2018, drivers who were speeding when in fatal crashes were more likely to have been drinking and drinking more than those drivers who were not speeding.
In recent news, an 18-year-old male died after his vehicle was struck in the rear by another motor vehicle. According to initial investigations, speeding and alcohol appear to be contributing factors to the crash. When responders arrived on the scene, they found one driver unconscious. The driver was taken to a local hospital, where he later succumbed to his injuries.
In general, states have different speed limits depending on the type of road, whether it is residential or non-residential, whether it is straight or curvy road, and so on. Speed limits are typically laws that set maximum speed limits in certain settings, but the reasonable speed a car should be going can change depending on factors such as traffic, construction, and weather conditions.
In 2020, speeding killed 11,258 people and was a contributing factor in 29 percent of all traffic fatalities according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Speeding can cause a driver to have reduced reaction time, an inability to make turns safely, and could cause a driver to lose control of the vehicle. In addition, driving while intoxicated can lead to misguided judgment, slow reaction times, and an inability to properly control the vehicle. Speeding and/or driving under the influence can lead to serious consequences, including civil and criminal liability. Drivers should pay attention to and abide by speed limits, and be sure to be observant of other conditions that may require slowing down. Drivers should also be responsible by making other transportation arrangements in advance of alcohol consumption.
What Can Motorists Do to Stay Safe Around Aggressive Drivers?
If you are driving in the left lane and notice an aggressive driver who may be speeding, it is recommended that you move over and let the driver pass. If you have been seriously injured in a car accident due to another driver’s speeding, contact an experienced lawyer today. An experienced lawyer can help you understand your rights and what remedies may be available to you after an accident.
Have You Been Injured in a Maryland Motor Vehicle Accident?
If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a motor vehicle accident in Maryland, contact the dedicated and compassionate attorneys at Lebowitz & Mzhen. Our attorneys have years of experience representing clients in complex litigation and helping them receive the damages they deserve. Handling lawsuits after a car accident can be stressful, so this is why it is important to have attorneys on your side who care about their clients and are ready to walk you through each step. Contact Lebowitz & Mzhen today at 800-654-1949.