The Dangers of Speeding and Driving

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The Dangers of Speeding and Driving

The Dangers of Speeding and Driving

On any given day, there are many different distractions drivers may have to deal with while behind the wheel. This is especially true when traffic is fast-paced and you may feel pressured to accelerate dangerously. While it is important to stay at the speed of traffic, it is also important to remember that speeding is one of the number one ways you can increase your risk of being involved in a car accident. A serious auto accident may even result in severe injury or death.

Many people, especially in busy cities, do not see speeding for the danger it really is. They may simply accept it as an inevitability of life in a metropolitan area. They may consider it a harmless, victimless crime that could never really make a big impact. In reality, speeding accidents may be among one of the most dangerous types of automobile accidents of all.

Speeding accidents may lead to personal injury for any involved parties. They may also lead to property damage. In short, it puts everyone on the road in danger. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 9,000 people were killed by speeding in 2017 alone. This made up more than a quarter of all traffic fatalities for that year (27%, to be specific). In this blog post, we will give you a brief overview of the dangers of speeding and driving. Read on to find out more.

Speeding Is an Epidemic

The Dangers of Speeding and Driving

For over two decades now, statistics have shown that speeding has been involved in approximately one-third of all motor vehicle fatalities. This leads to approximately 10,000 deadly car accidents every year. This rate is actually equivalent to the number of fatalities attributed to drunk driving each year! Several studies have also found that vehicles are more likely to cause more damage if they are speeding before the point of impact. A 2014 AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety study even found that the risk of severe injury to a pedestrian increased from 10% at 16 mph to 90% at 46 mph.

Many people underestimate how dangerous speeding can actually be. Part of this may be attributed to the fact that there is a popular misconception that “speeding” is simply the act of going over the speed limit. In reality, you may still be speeding even if you are going under the speed limit! It may help to stop thinking about “speeding” in terms of speed limits and more in terms of going too fast for road conditions. Common conditions that may call for slower than normal speeds include bad weather, road construction, or poorly-lit environments.

Speeding May Lead to Accidents

As we have already established earlier in this blog post, speeding has the potential to exponentially increase your risk of being involved in an accident. This is because it is hard to get a vehicle under control when you are traveling at top speeds. You must also account for the amount of time it takes to get a car to slow down. If you are going too fast, it may be impossible to avoid a crash. Many dangerous things may happen to you when you are speeding, including but not limited to:

  • Generally losing control of the vehicle
  • Increasing the distance amount necessary to stop a vehicle
  • Reducing the driver’s reaction time
  • Reducing the effectiveness of various occupant-protection vehicle features

All of these risks are increased even more when you are driving under otherwise difficult conditions, such as through inclement weather or on a hazardous roadway. This is especially tragic because most speeding accidents, like most car accidents in general, are totally preventable. Put your safety first.

No Excuse Is Good Enough

There are many different reasons you may have to excuse your speeding, regardless of whether you are conscious of them or not. You may have never even questioned your speeding at all. In any case, going over the speed limit is an obvious infraction of traffic rules. Anyone who chooses to speed does so because they have made the decision to do so.

In reality, no excuse to speed is good enough. You will always be endangering not only your safety but the safety of everyone else on the road as well. The following are some of the most common reasons drivers speed. Ask yourself honestly if any of these apply to you—and remember to take steps from having it happen again!

  • Driving while distracted (e.g., texting or fiddling with the stereo)
  • Driving while intoxicated
  • Joyriding or thrill-seeking
  • Running late for various obligations, such as work or school
  • Trying to “make up for lost time” from being involved in traffic earlier during the route

Whenever you get behind the wheel, you enter into an unspoken contract to keep everyone on the road safe. You are not only morally but also legally obligated to drive in a way that keeps everyone around you reasonably safe. Failing to do so may lead to a wide range of consequences that go beyond just a minor traffic infraction. You may also have to deal with the economic implications of a speed-related crash, increased fuel consumption/cost, and even a possible personal injury claim filed against you.

Of course, sometimes it is also impossible to avoid other speeding and aggressive drivers on the road. Do not join in on this behavior. If you are in the left lane and another driver wants to pass, simply move over and let them by. Make sure to give even more following space between speeding drivers, as they may potentially lose control of their vehicle. If you are being tailgated or a driver is trying to get you to engage in risky driving, safely steer your vehicle out of the way. And if all else fails and you believe a driver is following or harassing you, call the police.

Seeking Legal Help

If you or a loved one have been a victim of a speeding accident, we at Injury Victim Law may be able to help. Though we are a Colorado-based firm, our team of experts and investigators is ready and available to assist victims all across the country. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation with one of our experienced nationwide car accident attorneys. Let us fight for you.

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