Despite the fact that driving at an excessive speed is dangerous, speeding continues to be the most common cause or contributor to traffic accidents. Motor vehicle crashes involving high speeds can cause serious and even fatal injuries not just to speeding drivers, but also to innocent motorists and pedestrians sharing the road with them. Speeding poses real dangers, but that does not stop many drivers from speeding.
The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office believe speeding could be a factor in a three-vehicle crash in Neptune that critically injured a female driver. On October 19, a 31-year-old Union Beach woman driving a Honda Accord was heading west at a high rate of speed on Route 33 when she struck the rear of a Ford Fusion.
The impact caused both vehicles to spin out of control. The Honda struck a utility pole, flipped over, slid on its roof into the eastbound lane, and was hit by a Dodge Caravan. The driver of the Honda was rushed to a hospital, where she was listed in critical condition. The driver of the Ford was transported to the hospital with minor injuries and was released.
Traffic accidents involving speeding vehicles commonly occur on roadways and highways in New Jersey, and they are typically caused by drivers who are unable to stop in time, miss a stop light, or rear-end a vehicle that has either slowed down or stopped in front of them. When a speeding vehicle collides with another, the resulting impact is obviously greater than in collisions involving low speeds.
Driving at high rates of speed reduces the driver’s ability to steer safely around curves, reduces the driver’s time to recognize road hazards, limits the time that the driver may react to dangerous situations, and increases the vehicle’s stopping distance.
In motor vehicle collisions, at least one driver is usually at fault. Liability in traffic accidents is determined based on the legal theory of negligence, which means that the driver who failed to act reasonably can be held legally liable for the injuries that resulted from the crash. People injured in speeding accidents or their families may speak with a New Jersey personal injury to determine if they are entitled to file a compensation claim.