Speeding is very often negligence. Careless and aggressive driving is an unfortunate reality in our daily lives, and auto accidents have become a regular occurrence on New York highways and streets. When drivers violate speed limits, their reckless speeding puts everyone else on the road at risk.
New York State police recently started a week-long, statewide enforcement endeavor, called “Speed Week” to help curtail speeding and negligent drivers. According to a statement from Gov. Andrew Cuomo and State Police Superintendent Joseph A. D’Amico, speeding is the leading cause of deaths on the roads each year.
Unfortunately, some drivers choose to engage in reckless behaviors that can dramatically increase the likelihood of a serious motor vehicle accident occurring. Throughout the week, drivers can expect to see more troopers on major highways, as well as unmarked patrol vehicles out in force. The troopers will be on the lookout for many violations, including texting while driving, cellphone use, seat-belt, and child car seat use.
New York State police hope the enforcement helps diminish speed-related crashes and keeps the roads safe. About one-third of all fatal crashes are the result of speeding, the governor’s news release said. In addition to the reduced reaction time, speeding is a danger because of the difference between the speed of one vehicle and the vehicles around it. Any driver operating a car at an unsafe speed loses the ability to steer properly and needs a farther distance to stop the vehicle, making emergency stops almost impossible.
Speed limits are in place to protect drivers, and motorists who choose to ignore legal speed limits should be held accountable if their irresponsible behavior causes others to suffer. If you have been involved in a car accident, you may be entitled to compensation for property damage, medical expenses, and pain and suffering. A legal professional should coordinate a detailed investigation into the accident and recommend the best course of legal action to take.
Source: Source: Lohud.com, “Troopers plan weeklong speeding crackdown,” Terence Corcoran, Aug. 12, 2013
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