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Auto Accidents and Highways: The Hazards of High Speeds

Mar 30, 2015 @ 12:38 PM — by Lynn Harris
Tagged with: Auto Accidents | Personal Injury | Wrongful Death |

A busy highway full of large trucksAttorney Lynn C. Harris is committed to accident victims and their loved ones, fighting for their rights when they suffer injuries as a result of other people's negligence. Serving the greater Salt Lake City area, Mr. Harris knows that major car accidents can change your life and the lives of your lonved ones. This is why it's so important to have a skilled lawyer like Mr. Harris on your side, particularly after a serious auto collision on a highway.

Highways Can Lead to Severe Accidents

While city streets can be dangerous, highways tend to be more dangerous to travel on. The reasons for this are plentiful, and include the higher rate of speed, the number of motorists on the highway, and the nature of highway driving in general.

Drivers should exercise a great deal of caution while behind the wheel on highways since so many severe and fatal injuries may occur while on the road.

Higher Speeds Means More Serious Injuries

When traveling at a high speed, the likelihood of accidents increases. More than that, the likelihood of more serious injuries increases as well. The force generated by two vehicles colliding as they travel at highway speeds can be immense, leading to major damage to the vehicles involves as well as broken bones, internal injuries, and spinal cord injuries.

A Greater Risk of Multi-Vehicle Auto Accidents

Many times there are multiple vehicles on a highway, and the increased number of vehicles makes accidents of all kinds more likely. With multi-vehicle collisions, the chances of serious harm increase immensely since multiple impacts can affect a single vehicle from different sides and angles. If a large truck is involved in these kinds of collisions, the chain reaction of impacts can be deadly.

The Danger of Large Truck Collisions on Highways

On the note of large trucks, collisions with these vehicles are more likely to occur on highways given the routes that these vehicles travel. A major large truck accident occurred last summer involving actor/comedian Tracy Morgan. A large truck rear-ended the actor's limo bus, injuring Morgan and killing his friend James McNair.

Driver Distraction Is Deadlier on Highways

So much has been written and reported about the dangers of driver distraction, especially when someone is texting while behind the wheel. On average, a person diverts his or her attention from the road for about 4 to 5 seconds in order to text. At highway speeds, a vehicle covers the length of a football field in that amount of time. Never text and drive, and be sure to keep your attention on the road.

Remote Highways Means Slower Emergency Response Times

Two-lane highways and remote highways pose their own unique dangers. In particular, it can take some time for emergency crews to reach these roads. This delayed response time can mean the difference between life and death, which is why safety is of the utmost importance while driving on the highway.

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To learn more about your legal options following a serious auto accident, it's of the utmost importance that you contact our personal injury law firm today. By meeting with Lynn C. Harris, you will be able to get all the legal information you need to make smart decisions during the legal process.

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