A tragic accident occurred in Fort Worth recently due to a young driver’s decision to either speed his vehicle or race on the road. Star Telegram reported on the accident, which took the life of a 20-year-old driver. The accident happened near to the corner of Chestnut Avenue and West Long Avenue in north Fort Worth, close to Meecham Airport. Police responded to the scene of the accident early on a Friday morning and found the driver had been traveling west on West Lawn when he lost control of his vehicle.
The car spun out and struck some trees. The car started on fire, and the driver was ejected from the vehicle as a result of the crash impact. The driver was pronounced dead at the collision scene. Law enforcement was investigating, but reported they believed the driver was either speeding or was racing at the time when the collision happened. Unfortunately, single vehicle crashes and multiple vehicle crashes commonly occur because of speeding. When multiple cars are involved, innocent victims could be hurt or even killed because of a motorist’s choice to disobey speed limits and drive too fast.
Speeding is a leading collision cause. Speeding makes accidents more likely, and makes accidents more deadly. Even a minor increase in how fast a driver is going can make a huge impact on whether a crash happens and on whether people in the crash are injured or are killed. Automotive Fleet explains how speeding can impact crash risks because speed multiples the violent force which occurs in a collision.
Speeding ups crash risks significantly. While the average motorist has around a five percent chance of an accident, a one percent increase in the average drivers speed will increase his risk of an accident by two percent. The one percent rise in speed will also increase the risk of injuries by there percent and will make the chances of death in an accident four times as likely to occur.
Risks are especially grave for drivers who chose to travel faster than the traffic around them. If traffic is moving at 70 MPH and a driver goes 80 MPH, the driver faces a 31 percent greater risk of getting into a car accident. He faces a 71 percent greater chance of dying and a 49 percent greater chance of getting hurt.
Drivers need to be aware of how much greater the chances of an accident are when they are going too fast, and they should be sure to drive at or below the speed limit to avoid hurting themselves or becoming responsible for hurting others. When a driver goes too fast and he does hurt a passenger, a pedestrian, a motorcyclist, or other motorists, the driver could be held legally liable for serious injuries or legally liable for a car accident wrongful death occurring.