It’s no surprise that speeding puts drivers and passengers at very high risk of serious accidents, injuries, and even death in Alabama. Unfortunately, the Cotton State sees far too much speeding on its roads, and its traffic collision statistics reflect the serious consequences of this dangerous behavior. In 2018, speeding was the top contributing factor in fatal car accidents, the state ranked second in the nation for speed-related fatalities, and speed is the second most common type of motor vehicle accident in Alabama. Even though the results speak for themselves, it helps to know why speeding is so risky and causes so many Alabama car accidents.
How Speed Causes Collisions
Speeding impairs a driver’s ability to maneuver their vehicle safety and results in nearly 26 percent of the nation’s fatal traffic accidents. Increased speed leads to:
- Slower reaction by drivers
- Less control over a vehicle
- Less ability to stop a vehicle quickly
- Reduced time to recognize and avoid road hazards
A government study found that just a 5-mile speed increase corresponds to an 8 percent increase in motor vehicle fatalities.
Why Is Speeding So Common?
Unfortunately, Alabama is home to a number of busy highways and open roads that have elevated speed limits and insufficient enforcement by police patrols. The state is home to:
- Highway 431
- Interstate 20
- Interstate 65
- Interstate 85
These roads are highly dangerous according to a World Health Organization study, with hazards such as poor visibility, high speeds, and quick changes from 2 to 4 lanes.
Contact an Alabama Car Accident Attorney Today
If you were hurt in a speed-related car accident, contact the skilled Mobile Car Accident Attorneys at Stevenson Klotz today for help investigating your accident, protecting your rights, and recovering maximum possible compensation. We have spent years representing victims like you and recovered millions of dollars in damages on their behalf. Call us at (850) 706-4226 or fill out our online Contact Page to schedule your no obligation, confidential case consultation today. The case review is free, and you pay nothing until we win your case. Get in touch today to learn more, get your questions answered, and get started on the road to recovery.
Following graduation from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, Eric Stevenson held a number of positions including Assistant State Attorney in the First Judicial Circuit of Florida. Eric has been practicing with partner Christopher Klotz since 2015 litigating personal injury and car accidents in Alabama and Florida.