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Statistics Show Speeding a Leading Cause of Car Accidents in San Jose

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San Jose car accident attorneys, speeding, cause of car accidents, car accident injuries, speeding accidentsMost of us live busy lives, doing our best to juggle competing responsibilities in our home, work, and social lives. As a result, it is not uncommon to find ourselves rushing or nervously racing the clock as we head from one activity to another. Unfortunately, the busier we are, the more likely we are to take risks which endanger our safety, and speeding through traffic is one of those risks. One of the leading causes of car accidents in San Jose, speeding not only increases your odds of being involved in an accident, but also increases your chances of suffering serious and potentially life threatening injuries.

Speed Related Car Accidents and Injuries

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) advises that speeding is a factor in more than one third of all car accidents and injuries in the United States, resulting in roughly 10,000 traffic fatalities each year. As a type of aggressive driving behavior, speeding may involve driving over the speed limit or going excessively fast in adverse weather conditions, in school zones, or in areas of road construction.

While some drivers are more likely to speed during traffic jams and when they are running late for school, work, or other events, others engage in speeding simply because they like the feeling of going fast, or as a blatant form of disrespect for other drivers and the law. The NHTSA states that consequences of speeding are far reaching, and may include any of the following:

  • Decreases the effectiveness of seat belts, child safety seats, and other types of car safety equipment;
  • Requires an increased response time from drivers when facing changes in road or traffic conditions;
  • Makes it more likely for drivers to lose control over their vehicles;
  • Increases the likelihood of severe impacts among multiple road users and increases the risk for catastrophic injuries.

Speeding Accidents in San Jose

According to the latest statistics from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), of the more than 9,000 reported traffic accidents that occur in Santa Clara County each year, speeding was listed as a factor in roughly 30 percent. Out of 58 counties listed throughout the state of California, Santa Clara is ranked as 21st in terms of the number of speed related fatalities, and more than half of these accidents occur right in San Jose. Ways that you can reduce your risk of being involved in a speed related accident include:

  • Watching for changes in posted speeds, and obeying the speed limits at all times;
  • Adjusting speed based on weather, road, and traffic conditions;
  • Allowing aggressive drivers to pass you, rather than increasing your own speed;
  • Setting realistic goals in scheduling, which allow you plenty of time to reach destinations.

Our San Jose Car Accident Attorneys Are Here to Help

If you or someone you care about was involved in a speed related accident, you may be entitled to damages for the injuries you suffer. Call or contact Jachimowicz Law Group online today and request a free consultation with our experienced San Jose car accident attorneys. We serve clients throughout Santa Clara County, providing the professional legal representation you need to get the compensation you deserve.

Sources:

https://www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/speeding

http://www.ots.ca.gov/Media_and_Research/Rankings/default.asp

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