Excessive speed has been deemed to have been the cause of Tiger Wood’s horrific car accident after investigation and review of his car’s black box data. In the early morning hours February 24, 2021 golfer Tiger Woods was involved in a single car accident, hitting a tree at an estimated 75 mph. Tiger had to be freed from his SUV and rushed to the hospital with potentially life-threatening injuries. Investigators who reviewed data that was collected from the car involved suggest that Tiger mistook the accelerator for the break during the crash being that he pressed down on the accelerator at an estimated rate of 99 percent before he struck the tree. Woods sustained several head and right leg injuries causing him to be hospitalized and putting into jeopardy his golf career.
No citation has been issued towards Woods in terms of his speeding because there was no witness or police officer present to observe the speeding – and L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva stresses that this same principle would apply to anyone, regardless of their status. Additionally, no probable cause has been found to require obtaining Woods’s blood sample or cell phone records in the investigation, and no criminal charges will be pressed against him.
The severity of this accident was not only threatening to Woods’s health, but the extent of the impact can be detrimental for the future of his multi-million-dollar golf career. From this incident, it is evident that no one is safe from the perils of speeding. Speeding, and the dangers that accompany it, are incredibly serious and should not be taken lightly, as speeding kills around 10,000 people each year.
Consequences and Costs of Excessive Speeding:
Loss of Vehicle Control
With an increased speed of your vehicle comes an increased risk of losing control of the steering and other functions of the car. This, of course, increases the risk of you crashing your car, something no one ever wants.
Increased Crash Severity and Fatality
It has been shown that crashes that result from high levels of speeding result in injuries of greater severity and more instances of mortality than crashes that occur at low speeds. Tiger’s accident was deemed to be caused by speed, and the severity of the damages he suffered were likely enhanced simply due to the speed of his car at the time of the crash.
Increased Stopping Distance
Consider this example: Vehicle A which is traveling at double the speed of another vehicle (which we will call Vehicle B) will have a stopping distance that is triple the stopping distance of Vehicle B. If a car that is speeding is following another car too closely, this can be all the more deadly.
Protection Equipment Malfunction
Protection equipment housed in your vehicle such as airbags is less likely to protect you when you speed. Speeding may cause protection equipment to work less efficiently than it is supposed to.
Costly Tickets and Potential Damages
A speeding ticket can be up to thousands of dollars and added to the expenses for damages to your car, medical bills, and other money you may have to pay in a settlement or lawsuit, this will all rack up immensely.
Possible Loss of License
The last thing to note is that, like with any driving infraction, there is a risk of losing your license. This will hinder your ability to travel places on your own accord, affecting many facets of your life, so it is a factor that should not be overlooked.
Speed related accidents don’t discriminate, if it can happen to Tiger it can happen to anyone. If you are injured in a speeding related car crash in Pennsylvania or New Jersey and need legal help contact our team of skilled car accident lawyers for help. Remember statistically excessive speed related car accidents have some of the most serious injuries and even death – slow down, it could save your life or someone else’s.