Excessive speed was the main cause of a car accident in the Palos Verdes area that left golfer Tiger Woods with severe injuries back in February, according to a determination made by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Sheriff Alex Villanueva said in a news conference that Woods’ SUV was traveling between 84 and 87 mph – nearly twice the posted speed limit when it struck a raised median.
Crash Deemed an Accident
The vehicle was still traveling at about 75 mph as it careened into a nearby tree near Hawthorne Boulevard and Blackhorse Road. Investigators said there was no evidence that the golfer braked at any point during the wreck. They also believe Woods inadvertently hit the accelerator instead of the brake pedal.
According to a KTLA news report, the stretch of roadway where this crash occurred is well known for accidents and drivers hitting high speeds that there is an emergency exit for runaway vehicles just beyond where Woods crashed. The golfer was left with multiple broken bones in his leg. Doctors had to use screws and pins for some of his ankle and foot injuries after a lengthy surgery to repair the broken bones. Officials said there was no evidence of impairment.
The Effects of High Speed
This high-profile car accident is a reminder to all of us that speeding endangers everyone on the road. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2018, speeding killed 9,378 people nationwide. In the case of Woods, witnesses said he was in a rush when he left his hotel because he was late for an appointment. This is true for many of us who step on the accelerator when we are juggling a busy schedule.
But, crash statistics show that for more than two decades, speeding was a factor in about one-third of all motor vehicle fatalities. In 2018, speeding was a contributing factor in 26% of all traffic fatalities. Speed also affects your safety even when you are sticking to posted speed limits, but if you are going too fast for dangerous road conditions your chances of being in a collision can increase. Dangerous road conditions can include bad weather, an unrepaired road, or a poorly lit area. Speed endangers not just the life of the person who is speeding, but all people on the road.
Especially, during the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve seen an increase in speeding on Southern California roadways. Please remember that if you travel at a high rate of speed and cause an accident, you can be held liable for the injuries, damages and losses. If you or a loved one has been injured by a reckless or negligent driver, you may be able to receive compensation for your injuries, damages and losses. An experienced Los Angeles car accident lawyer will be able to advise you regarding your legal rights and options.