Recently, a school bus accident occurred involving a bus from the Greenville County School District. The accident happened before 7:00 a.m. and there were 10 students on the bus at the time of the incident. The bus slowed down to come to a stop and was rear-ended by a dump truck. The driver of the dump truck was reportedly charged with driving too fast for the conditions on the road according to WYFF 4.
A Greenville injury lawyer knows that speeding is a common cause of motor vehicle collisions in the state. According to the South Carolina Traffic Collision Fact Book for 2009, speeding was the leading traffic violation citation written during an investigation into a collision. Drivers need to slow down to prevent accidents that could cause serious injuries or fatalities.
Speeding a Top Cause of Accidents, Fatalities
In collision investigations in 2009, the majority of drivers who were cited for speeding violations after a traffic collision were going less than 10 miles over the limit. While a motorist who is going extremely fast obviously is more dangerous than someone just slightly over the legal limit, this data shows that even exceeding the speed limit by a small amount can make a big difference in traffic safety.
Speeding 10 or fewer miles per hour over the speed limit was a factor in 21.76 percent of motor vehicle collisions where drivers were charged with violations. A total of 22,971 motorists faced accusations of speeding after an investigation into the cause of the crash. The next most common violation, failure to yield the right-of-way, was a factor in just 16.86 percent of collisions. Only 12,198 drivers were found to have failed to yield.
Drivers may be responsible for crashes not just when they violate the speed limit, but also when they move too quickly for conditions. The crash between the dump truck and school bus was an example of a situation where a driver was going more quickly than was safe based on current conditions. Drivers are expected to slow down to a safe speed for bad weather and during times of reduced visibility, even if they are not traveling over the posted limit.
Driving too fast for conditions was actually found to be the primary contributing factor in more crashes than driving over the authorized limit. In 2009, a total of 131 fatal crashes and 8,399 injury crashes involved a driver going too fast for conditions. Only 36 fatal crashes and 206 injury crashes were attributed to a driver who had exceeded a posted limit.
Drivers who go too fast for road conditions may not spot another car in their path or may be unable to stop in time to avoid a crash. It is imperative that motorists slow down when they need to in order to protect themselves and to protect the public. When they don’t, a rear-end crash is one very common outcome.
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