Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Speed Demon, Not a Turn On

Car accidents happen every day regardless of time, place or weather conditions. In
California, where car enthusiasts are everywhere, car accidents are even higher. There are a lot of people who are not content with the muscles under the hood of their cars. Supping up cars so to speak, where engine performance is boosted among other things, are a fast growing hobby and business for a lot of car lovers.

However, it doesn’t matter how buff your car’s muscles are, there is no excuse for reckless speeding. A lot of car accidents are caused by excessive speed while driving on the road.

Section 22350 of the Vehicle Code provides: “No person shall drive a vehicle upon a roadway at a speed greater than is reasonable or prudent having due regard for weather, visibility, the traffic on, and the surface and width of, the highway, and in no event at a speed which endangers the safety of persons or property.”

Even if you have not endangered anybody on the road, you will still be liable for speeding. This, plus the fact that if you are lucky, the only damage that you will sustain is a ticket or citation from authorities. But this luck seldom happens. The reality is, serious injuries as well as fatalities are often the results of accidents due to over speeding.

Is this scenario familiar to you? A person, while traveling eastbound on Venice St. was forcefully rear-ended by another person who was gunning his pedals without care to prevailing traffic conditions. As a result, the poor fellow died when his head hit the steering wheel with great force or was permanently paralyzed when his spine was snapped as a result of the violent collision.

Only a fool would think that it is cool to endanger or even kill another person just for speed rush. Remember, it is cool to have a great car, but it is even better to have the freedom to drive it rather than getting the car wrecked or impounded with you behind bars instead of behind the wheels of your car.