Driving an automobile on the highways in any city of the United States has been made safer as a result of special features added to the automobiles by auto manufacturers. Such things as front wheel drive, air bags, and seat belts have been added to cars sold in America to lessen the possibility of severe injuries or death at impact in the event of an accident. This is not to say that accidents will be, or can be, eliminated altogether. The proliferation of cars on our highways makes auto accidents almost an inevitable aspect of our driving experience.
Drivers’ responsibility to drive safely is a major key, to not only avoiding accidents, but also to lessen the severity of injuries and possible death after an impact. Driving responsibly means that, when you turn on your ignition, you turn off your anger. If you decide to get behind the wheel of a car, you do not first have a few belts of anything alcoholic or take any form of drug that would impair your ability to respond quickly should the need arise.
Auto accidents may occur despite the fact that you have taken all the measures within your human possibility to make sure that they do not. Accidents will happen, that is why they are called accidents. That is what you have insurance for. Auto insurance is necessary to make sure that any unfortunate accident does not also cause you a financial disaster.
The First Automobile Comes to America
The first gasoline powered automobile was introduced to America in 1893 by Charles and Frank Duryea. Back then, automobiles ran on little country roads at about 10 mph. There was no need for auto insurance, seat belts, air bags or any of the safety measures we have now to insure that drivers, passengers and pedestrians alike were protected. Today, we have cars that can reach up to speeds of 200 mph. The maximum speed on most highways is set at 70 mph. When an accidents at such a high rate of speed happens, severe injuries and possibly death is almost inevitable. This is when driver alertness becomes extremely important.
Does an Increase in Speed Equate to an Increase in Fatal Traffic Accidents?
Most people believe that speed is the major cause of deaths during a traffic accident. There may be some validity to this argument, however, in most fatal accidents it can be shown that there was a mixture of speed, driver recklessness, and irresponsibility such as a DUI or road rage.
Traffic accidents are traumatic, not only to the person involved in the accident, but also their family members. Insurance companies provide the necessary funds to help repair your auto, and to pay any medical bills as a result of an accident. But remember, the insurance companies are not your friend. That is why you will need someone on your side that is knowledgeable about your rights and any remedies you might be entitled to. You need an experienced personal injury law attorney. Please contact us today, by phone at 1-877-363-7942, or take advantage of our online case evaluation form to schedule your initial case review.
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