As you know, speeding is a very risky behavior behind the wheel. Posted speed limits exist for good reason, so it’s important to pay attention to your speed on the road.
In 2019 alone, speeding claimed 9,478 lives. Read on to learn why speeding is so dangerous.
When You Speed, You’re Not Just Putting Yourself at Risk
For over 20 years, speeding has been a component in about one-third of all car accident deaths. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), “In 2019, speeding was a contributing factor in 26% of all traffic fatalities.”
While drivers do put themselves at risk when they speed, they also put everyone else on the road at risk, too, which is not only irresponsible but also unfair to all safe road users.
Keep in mind that speeding is not just exceeding the posted speed limit. You are also speeding if you are within the posted speed limit, but are driving too fast for the current road and weather conditions. For instance, if it is raining, you will likely need to reduce your speed significantly, which may mean you are driving 10 miles per hour (mph) below the posted speed limit.
All in all, use your best judgment regarding speed when driving in inclement weather so that you do not put yourself and others at risk.
The Consequences of Speeding
According to the NHTSA, while speeding is breaking the law, it also means the following:
- Greater potential for loss of vehicle control;
- Reduced effectiveness of occupant protection equipment;
- Increased stopping distance after the driver perceives a danger;
- Economic implications of a speed-related accident; and
- Increased fuel consumption and cost.
While it may be tempting to drive over the speed limit at times, it’s in your best interest to drive at safe speeds at all times. You never know when the unexpected will occur, causing a fatal crash.
If you’ve been injured in a car wreck through no fault of your own, you may be entitled to compensation. Give our office a call right away to learn how we can help.
Call us today at (800) 670-0567 to discuss the details of your case!