Anyone who drives on Virginia’s busy roads and highways can see that many drivers appear to be in a rush to get where they are going.
Speeding, distracted driving and driving while intoxicated are just a few factors that contribute to car accidents in Virginia, but recent statistics show that drivers are not only speeding, they are doing it often.
Drivers are often going over 100 miles per hour
According to the Royal Examiner, the average Virginia resident admitted to driving over 100 miles per hour at least four times over the past month.
This is an exceedingly high speed and driving this fast is extremely dangerous. Not only does it increase the risk of an accident, but any injuries from an accident involving such high speeds are likely to be severe or fatal.
Drivers admit they would speed more if they could
The statistics get even more alarming. Over half of the residents surveyed stated that they would speed more if speed cameras did not exist, and 1 in 10 believe there should not be speed limits at all.
If these statistics scare you, they should. These types of drivers are exhibiting a cavalier attitude toward driving the legal speed limit and engaging in risky driving behavior that could cause a car accident.
Drivers do not know the penalties for speeding
The statistics also revealed that over half the drivers do not know what the penalties are for speeding in Virginia. Penalties can range from a fine and points off a driver’s license, to a charge for reckless driving if you are driving 20 miles per hour or more over the speed limit.
We all have busy lives with many obligations, but you should always follow the posted speed limit, even if you are in a hurry.
What to do when you encounter speeding drivers
You can reduce your chance of a collision with a speeding driver by giving them plenty of room to maneuver around you. Do not try to outrun them, and do not let them distract you from your own driving.
Additionally, do not blow your horn or show them that you are upset or angry at their driving. This will only distract both of you more, and it is not likely to cause the other driver to slow down.
Your options after a car accident
Speeding is a form of negligence. If you are involved in a car accident caused by speeding, you have legal options, such as filing a personal injury claim for negligence.
Negligence means that a driver failed in their duty to drive safely and reasonably, and that failure caused your accident.
Recuperating after a car accident is often a long and stressful process. You can receive compensation for various damages you sustain because of the accident, such as medical bills, lost wages and emotional distress.
Experienced personal injury attorneys work with accident victims to help them prove negligence, while providing realistic advice and guidance throughout the process.