Traffic in California has decreased dramatically during state lockdowns during the past year. Unfortunately, many drivers took that opportunity to treat Golden State roadways like a racetrack, reaching high speeds as they drove. In fact, from Sept. 1 to Oct. 31, 2020, California Highway Patrol issued 4,851 citations for speeding in excess of 100 miles per hour. That was a 93% increase over the same time period from 2019. A similar spike in speeding tickets also happened in March, April and May of 2020.
Speeding is not a victimless crime
One of the biggest dangers of speeding is that it increases the likelihood of an auto accident. And when accidents happen with drivers going high speeds, those involved in the accident are more likely to suffer serious injuries, or even die, in the crash. In 2018, speeding was a factor in 9,378 fatality vehicle accidents in the United States.
Some of the most common injuries sustained in high-speed crashes include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal injuries, including paralysis
- Bone fractures
- Neck injuries
If a driver going at high speeds crashes into your vehicle, you could suffer a permanent disability because of the crash. Or if you suffer a traumatic brain injury or broken bones, you could spend months recovering and be unable to work.
Getting help with a personal injury claim
You should consult with an experienced personal attorney if you suffer serious injuries because of an accident with a speeding driver. You want to ensure you receive maximum compensation in your personal injury claim. If your loved one died in a high-speed crash, an attorney can help you recover damages for their wrongful death.
You shouldn’t have to suffer because of someone else’s negligence. With help, you can get the compensation you or your family needs to move forward after a devastating accident.