According to authorities, speed played a role in a fiery crash that killed two teens and left the occupants of another vehicle injured. The Saturday evening crash occurred in Fayette County, when a 19-year-old man lost control of the Corvette he was driving and crossed the double line, and was struck by an SUV. The force of the collision caused the Corvette to catch on fire and both the young driver and his 16-year-old passenger died at the scene. The driver of the SUV suffered injuries, but was able to get himself, his injured 14-year-old daughter, and his two-year-old son out of the vehicle, which was also engulfed in flames.
Speeding results in the deaths of more than 9,000 people a year in the U.S., as the risky driving practice not only reduces the amount of time a driver has to perceive and respond to a hazard on the roadway, but also increases the amount of distance the vehicle needs to come to a safe stop. In addition, speeding increases the risk of losing control of the vehicle. It increases the severity of the crash, and reduces the effectiveness of protective equipment such as seat belts and airbags. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration notes that young males are the drivers most likely to be speeding at the time of a fatal crash.
If you have been injured due to an accident caused by a speeding driver, you can pursue compensation for the expenses of your injury and the impacts it has had on your quality of life through a personal injury lawsuit. Let the experienced car accident lawyers at Cambre & Associates help you understand the legal options that are available to you in you case. We are ready to fight for the compensation you deserve. For your free case evaluation, contact us online or by calling 770-502-6116.