Few California residents can say that they haven't gone above the posted speed limit on at least one occasion. Whether you were running late, enjoying some music or just trying keep up with the flow of traffic, you ended up speeding. While you may not have suffered any adverse consequences on those occasions, you could end up with more than just a speeding ticket if you end up in an accident.
Of course, watching your speed doesn't mean that another motorist will. Traffic here in Costa Mesa is as unpredictable as it is in the rest of the state, and you may have to unexpectedly slow down or even stop. You could end up in an accident because a speeding driver was unable to stop in time to avoid colliding with your vehicle.
Speed and braking distance
In addition to making sure that your tires have plenty of tread, have enough air in them and are in good condition, speed is the most crucial factor in your ability to stop your vehicle. Obviously, the faster you go, the more ground you cover. If an emergency arises, you never immediately apply the brakes. Your brain will need a second or more to process what is happening.
Then, it takes a couple of seconds to move your foot from the accelerator to the brakes. Those seconds may not seem like much, but they could make the difference between avoiding a collision and ending up in an accident. When it comes to your speed, the faster you go, the more distance you need to stop. However, the relationship is exponential. This means that you need four times as much distance to stop every time you double your speed.
Speed, braking distance and collisions
If you encounter a speeding vehicle from which you were not able to escape, you could find yourself dazed and confused. You may not even realize you have been in an accident until your vehicle comes to a rest. You may also have suffered serious injuries since the higher a vehicle's speed, the more force an impact has.
Depending on the injuries you suffered, you could face a lengthy, and ultimately expensive, recovery. If you can provide a California civil court with evidence of the other driver's negligence, you may receive compensation for your injuries, medical care and lost income.