Speeding occurs when a driver exceeds the posted speed limit, drives too fast for conditions or races. It is the leading contributor to highway fatalities and car wrecks causing personal injury in Illinois and across the country. In fact, it is a factor in approximately one third of the traffic deaths every year, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). In 2010, more than 10,500 people died in speeding crashes in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says.
Speeding is aggressive and reckless driving. If you have suffered injuries or the loss of a loved one in a traffic accident caused by speeding, you may be entitled to compensation for medical and/or living expenses as well as your pain and suffering. To learn how the Chicago speeding accident lawyers at Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., can help you, call us today at 312-372-1227 or use our online form. We represent clients from throughout the Chicagoland area and Illinois, including Cook and Lake counties.
Speeding and Aggressive Driving in Illinois
The results of exceeding the speed limit or otherwise driving too fast for conditions are obvious. Speeding leads to car crashes that result in personal injury and death. Still, almost all drivers speed and, to a somewhat lesser extent, engage in aggressive driving on occasion, the GHSA says in its 2012 “Survey of the States: Speeding and Aggressive Driving.”
“Speeding reduces a driver’s ability to steer safely around curves or objects in the roadway, extends the distance necessary to stop a vehicle, and increases the distance a vehicle travels while the driver reacts to a dangerous situation,” the NHTSA says.
Speed was a factor in 31 percent of U.S. highway fatalities in 2010, indicating an increase of 7 percent since 2000, when speeding contributed to 29 percent of the fatal car wrecks, according to the GHSA report.
The Illinois Department of Transportation says that 927 people were killed in 858 fatal crashes in Illinois in 2010. An additional 88,937 people were injured in Illinois car crashes in 2010. The Illinois State Patrol says that approximately 32 percent of all fatal crashes in the state are speed-related.
Speeding and Law Enforcement in Illinois
In Illinois, the maximum speed limit is 65 miles per hour on rural interstates, 55 mph on interstate highways near or in major cities and on other highways and 30 mph in an urban area unless some other speed restriction is established.
The State Patrol says higher speeds result in an “increased chance of a collision due to increased speed variance” between the speeding car and other vehicles, and a “greater risk of fatality resulting from higher crash impact speeds.”
The Illinois reckless driving law says that “a person commits reckless driving if he or she drives any vehicle with a willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property.” Meanwhile the NHTSA defines aggressive driving as “committing a combination of moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or property.”
Illinois raised fines for speeding tickets in 2010. In the Chicago area, city leaders began installing cameras to identify speeders in 2012. Despite speeding and reckless driving laws, and the availability of radar, laser devices and a fleet of fixed-wing aircraft to enforce the law in Illinois, speeding is still a problem.
Contact Our Speeding Accident Lawyers
You deserve compensation if you were injured in an accident caused by a speeding driver. The speeding accident attorneys at Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., will pursue compensation on your behalf. Contact us today for a free consultation. Offices in Chicago and Waukegan.