A car and a minivan collided, and EMS had to use the Jaws of Life to remove the driver from the car. The accident happened Friday morning, April 12, 2019, on N. Stone and South Riverton. Witnesses at the scene say that the car was turning off of N. Stone and attempting to turn east onto South Riverton when it was struck by driver of the minivan
Witness also say that the minivan was “going way too fast.” A child was also pulled from the car, and the woman was taken to a local hospital. It’s unknown at this time of the condition of the woman or the child. Police are investigating the crash and no charges have been filed at the time of this report.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, speeding is responsible for over 4,000 deaths a year in the U.S. which is 25 percent of all fatalities. In these crashes, speed was a significant factor but not the only factor.
Experts say that speeding increases the likelihood of serious injury in a crash. This is because the speed of the vehicle in a crash does two things. First it causes the impact to be greater than it would have been if the speeding car was going the correct speed. Secondly, the speed of a car reduces the chances of the driver to avoid a crash.
Types of Crashes Caused by Speed
When a car is going too fast, then the ability of the driver to negotiate the road, and engage in defensive driving is diminished. Speeding is linked to several common crash types where the accident is exacerbated by the speed of the car:
- Rollovers: Speed contributes to rollovers as it reduces the stability of the car when in a turn.
- Ejections: When a car is moving too fast, the likelihood of an ejection increases and so does the risk of serious injury and fatality.
- Head-On Collision: In a head-on collision the mass and speed of both cars contribute to the impact, and the faster either if the cars, the greater the impact.
- Rear-End Crashes: In a rear-end crash, typically one car is moving slow or standing still and another car hits the rear of the stopped car. The speed of the striking car reduces the chance of the driver avoiding the collision and increases the impact and the risk of higher injury.
Do I need and Attorney?
If you are involved in an accident caused by another car that was speeding, you should at least talk to an attorney who knows the laws of personal injury and has experience handling the insurance company. A knowledgeable and experienced attorney can give you good advice and evaluate your case, and at Crary, Clark, Domanico, & Chuang, P.S., you don’t pay anything until you get paid for the insurance company.
We serve clients in Spokane, WA, Coeur d’Alene, ID, and surrounding communities and can go toe-to-toe with the insurance companies and their lawyers to get you fair compensation for your injuries. Call us at (509) 926 4900, or send us a message by clicking here.