Speeding is one of the leading causes of motor vehicle accidents. That is the reason states impose strict speed limits on local roads. In fact, just last September, a speeding car hit two innocent children, leaving one with a broken arm and the other with a fractured cheekbone.
The victims include a 10-year-old boy and his 7-year-old sister. They sustained serious injuries just because a driver was in a hurry. The speeding car even hit two parked vehicles.
Understanding what makes speeding so dangerous
The science behind the dangers of speeding is simpler than you would imagine. According to Newton’s first law of motion, an object will remain at rest or in uniform motion unless an outside force interrupts its constant state. The driver applies force to a car by stepping on the gas pedal and causing it to accelerate. As the vehicle accelerates, it is gaining more and more force.
Newton’s second law of motion provides a formula for force. Force is the product of mass and acceleration. The higher the rate of acceleration and the heavier the object, the more force it can produce. A car is a massive object. An accelerating and speeding car will produce an incredible and traumatic force when it collides with another object. Therefore, speeding vehicles can cause catastrophic damage, not only to property but to people.
Were you a victim of a speeding vehicle?
If a speeding driver causes an accident, they should be accountable for their irresponsible actions. Even though Massachusetts operates under a no-fault insurance system regarding car accident injuries, you may still be able to recover compensation from the reckless driver.