Our Miami car accident attorneys discuss a speed related accident that recently claimed the life of a bicyclist and killed the driver on Northwest 12th Avenue. The accident happened in the evening hours when a black Infiniti was traveling down Northwest 12th Avenue at an excessive rate of speed. The Infiniti entered the intersection at Northwest 54th Street, where it struck a cyclist, still traveling fast. The speeding vehicle dragged the body of the cyclist for a block before it struck a tree and exploded, killing the driver inside. Witnesses attempted to assist the accident victims, but the flames were too immense. Emergency personnel arrived at the scene of the accident and pronounced both the cyclist and the driver deceased.
Dangers of Speeding While Driving
The dangers of speeding are well known to most drivers. Drivers who speed face large tickets from law enforcement officers, but even more seriously face the potential of causing an accident. Speeding can cost lives and inflict severe injuries, along with property damage and other incidental damages. Speeding is never justified and no reason for exceeding the speed limit is worth the potential costs.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, almost one third or about 30 percent of all fatal accidents are caused by speed. Speeding kills upwards of 10,000 lives a year and speed related crashes are on the rise. Young males are the most likely to speed and cause speed related accidents. About 39 percent of all male drivers between the ages of 15 and 20 were speeding at the time of the crash.
Drivers speed for a number of reasons, though no reasons justify the speed. Drivers may speed if:
- They’re in a rush
- They are not paying attention to how they are driving or their speed
- They believe rules do not apply to them
- They do not think they will get caught
- They do not believe their fast driving is dangerous
Speeding may lead to other risky behaviors. Drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol are more likely to speed, and drivers who speed often do not wear their seatbelts. Both of these factors can contribute greatly to fatality rates.
People often associate highways with speeding, but the truth is that drivers speed on all kinds of roads. Drivers will often operate their vehicles at excessive rates of speed on rural roads, which can be even more dangerous than highways due to curves and trees surrounding the roadways.
Drivers are cautioned to remember the importance of observing the speed limit at all times and further to adjust their speed downwards when road conditions are poor due to inclement weather, potholes, sharp curves, or other factors. If you are injured in an accident, consult with an automobile accident attorney who will investigate whether speed was a factor in the crash.
Greenberg, Stone, & Urbano: Exceptional Miami Car Accident Lawyers
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