Speed Often Cause of Traffic Accidents in Broward, Palm Beach

After a recent traffic accident on Cocoanut Row, located just north of Pendleton Lane, a commercial truck driver found himself in the St. Mary’s Medical Center with some serious and life-threatening injuries.

The driver reportedly crashed into a utility pole. The power line wound up lying across the road. It all happened around 2:00 p.m., according to the Palm Beach Daily News.

Emergency responders were notified by two separate drivers about the man in the accident. Reports indicate that the callers witnessed a driver speeding southbound on Cocoanut Row and slamming into a pole. Emergency response teams were delayed in rescuing the truck driver by the downed power lines. They were however, able to get to him after officials with Florida Power & Light (FPL) eliminated the risks. Power was cut off to residents in the area. Traffic was rerouted for a short while after the accident.

Our Palm Beach car accident lawyers understand that about a third of all car accidents involve a speeding driver. The faster a vehicle is driving, the higher the risks are for an accident. With the increase in speed also comes increased risk for injury, and even death, in the event of an accident. Speeding is a calculated and deliberate behavior where the driver knows the risk but ignores the dangers that accompany this risk. It is estimated that about 90 percent of all licensed drivers speed at some point in their driving career. About three quarters of licensed drivers say that they do so regularly.

The truth of the matter is that there are posted speed limits on signs across the country. They’re here in Florida, too. These signs and these limits are not there to slow you down and they’re not there to annoy you. They’re there to help to keep you safe. Each road and each speed limit has been thoroughly tested and researched by transportation officials and the speed limit has been carefully calculated to help to ensure the safest and most effective travel.

Traffic engineers typically maintain that speed limits should be established according to the 85th percentile of free flowing traffic. This means the limit should be set at a level at or under which 85 percent of people are driving. Numerous studies have shown that the 85th percentile is the safest possible level at which to set a speed limit.

In an accident, it is the amount of kinetic energy that is imparted which causes injuries or death. This kinetic energy increases exponentially with speed.

A doubling of speed is not equal to twice as much kinetic energy, but rather a substantial increase much beyond that and much more lethal. A 20 percent increase in speed is roughly a 45 percent increase in kinetic energy.

Regardless, drivers are asked to keep their eyes on those posted speed limit signs. Do so not only to avoid a costly citation from a Florida officer, but to help to keep you and other motorists safe out there!