By now, most Minnesota drivers are probably aware of the dangers of distracted driving and drunk driving, both of which contribute to a high number of car accidents throughout the state.
Recent data show that speeding also continues to cause many car accident injuries and fatalities. Data from the National Safety Council shows that speeding was involved in 29% of all traffic deaths in 2020. This is the equivalent of 30 fatalities each day.
Your legal duty as a driver
As a driver, you owe all other drivers on the road a legal duty to drive in a safe and reasonable manner. This duty remains even if you are running late or during an emergency.
Speeding involves more than just driving over the posted speed limit. Wet or icy roads, which are common during Minnesota’s winters, may mean that driving the speed limit is still driving too fast for conditions.
When you are speeding, you have a slower reaction time. You may not be able to stop in time if you come upon sudden traffic or slide on slippery roads. If you collide with an object, your high speed could contribute to more severe injuries.
What to do when you encounter speeding drivers
Even if you drive safely, you cannot control other drivers on the road. We’ve all seen speeders weaving through traffic and endanger those around them.
Avoid speeders as much as you can. Allow them to move ahead of you and stay out of their way. This will reduce your chance of an accident.
Drivers who fail to drive safely by speeding can cause an accident resulting in major injuries or death. This is considered negligent behavior.
Compensation may be available if you are injured or lose a family member because of an accident where speeding was a factor. You could receive compensation for injuries, lost wages and pain and suffering. A personal injury attorney can help you get the process started.