Every trip in a car, whether that is short or far, can cause disastrous consequences in the event of an accident. The number of highway crashes caused by distracted or drunk drivers is on the rise.
High speeds greatly increase the risk of serious injuries or fatalities in the case of an accident. In 2012, The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) cites that 30% of fatal traffic incidents involved at least one driver who was travelling above the speed limit. As the legal speed limit on our highways increase, so too does the risk of serious injury in the event of a crash. Greater speeds increase the force of each impact and the distance necessary for vehicles to stop.
A number of negligent actions can endanger everyone on the road. Drivers can operate their vehicles recklessly, swerving between lanes of traffic, speeding, which can lead to fatal accidents for their passengers or those in the vehicles they hit.
Causes of highway crashes can include:
- Changing lanes unsafely
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Driving while fatigued or overworked
- Failing to observe traffic signs and lights
- Failing to properly maintain vehicles
- Driving aggressively or recklessly
- Inexperienced driver
- Texting while driving
Motorcycles are known for presenting a high risk to their riders. Motorcycles accounted for 15% of traffic fatalities in 2012, despite accounting for about 3% of registered vehicles in the U.S. Motorcyclists face an increased risk of severe injuries if they are involved in a collision. These injuries can be exacerbated when travelling at high speeds. According to NHTSA, motorcycle riders are 35 more times more likely than an occupant of a passenger vehicle to die in a traffic crash. Motorcyclists often experience traumatic brain injuries or head injuries in a crash despite the use of helmets.
Harms Caused by Highway Crashes
The damages resulting from a wreck can vary greatly from head injuries to broken bones. If severe injuries occur, victims and their families could be shouldering extensive medicals bills and lost wages. If that accident was caused by the negligence of another driver, those injured might be able to recover these costs.
If you’ve been injured in a highway crash contact Chelsie King Garza. Ms. Garza has handled auto accidents for injured individuals across the Houston area. Whether you have been hurt in a car crash or an 18 wheeler accident, Ms. Garza is here to help.