Speeding causes accidents in Cooper City in a number of ways. High speeds make it easier for drivers to lose control of their car and crash into objects, pedestrians, or other vehicles. High speeds also reduce the amount of time a driver has to respond to any obstacles or dangers on the road, which makes a collision in Cooper City more likely.
Speeding can happen for many reasons, from inattention to road rage, and we all have a role to play in preventing it. Here’s how:
- Use cruise control on highways. If you’re going on a longer trip and will be on a highway with the same speed for a while, setting cruise control lets you sit at the speed limit. It can ensure your speed doesn’t creep up and can even save you on gas.
- Give yourself extra time to get to your destination. You’ll be less likely to speed if you can get to where you need to go without stress. Be sure to account for weather and traffic conditions when predicting how long you need for your drive.
- Drive sober. Driving under the influence, even if you’re “just buzzed,” slows your response times and increases the chances you’ll make a mistake, such as driving too fast.
- Do not drive distracted. Looking at your phone or thinking about a conversation you’re having means you’re not paying attention to your speed. If you are having an animated or angering discussion, especially, it can be easy to speed up as your emotions intensify.
- Drive defensively. Thinking a few steps ahead and driving defensively prepares you to respond if other drivers around you are speeding. It also ensures your mind is on driving, which can reduce the risk your speed will creep up.
- Check your mental and physical state before you drive. If you feel physically unwell or upset or distracted, don’t drive. You could make mistakes that lead to a collision. Be especially cautious about driving when angry or upset; you may be more at risk of road rage and speeding.
- Report speeding and dangerous drivers. If you can safely do so, report unsafe drivers before they have a chance to cause a collision
- Maintain your car. Proper maintenance can ensure your brakes and other systems work correctly, making loss of control less likely.
- Take part in city discussions about speeds on roadways you use. Speed limits are usually determined by cities after a through investigation of road use, road conditions, and actual speeds people drive. Setting the limit too high or too low can both increase the risk of collisions. In many cases, cities ask for public feedback about proposed street changes, including speed changes. If you have something to say or have noticed a specific danger, use your voice to speak up.
If you are in a crash with a speeding driver, your injuries are more likely to be serious. The force of a speeding car is more likely to cause multiple-vehicle crashes, crushing injuries, and fatalities. If you find yourself injured by a reckless driver, contact Flaxman Law Group at 1-866-352-9626 (1-866-FLAXMAN) for a free consultation. Our team has more than 60 years of combined experience and we have already recovered over $100 million for injured people like you.