Surveys show that most people understand that speeding is dangerous. However, those same surveys generally show that the same people still speed. Why? Because most people think they are good drivers and think that other drivers are “the problem.” The truth is that speeding not only increases the chance of being in a car accident, it significantly increases your chances of suffering serious injuries if you are in an accident.
Read on to learn how and why speeding is so dangerous. Learn about the excuses people often use for speeding so that you can avoid taking part in them. If you are involved in an accident, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.
One in Three Fatal Car Accidents Involve Speeding
First, let us discuss just how dangerous speeding is. For more than 20 years, speeding is involved in about one in three of all fatal car accidents. Remember that speeding refers not just to driving faster than the posted speed limit, but also to driving faster than is safe when taking the weather, road conditions, and other factors into account.
Speeding Affects Everyone on the Road
It is also important to understand that when a person speeds, they are not just putting themselves at risk – they are putting every other vehicle on the road at risk – including the police. Even though other drivers can take steps to reduce their own experience of danger if the encounter a speeding person, they cannot reduce their danger level to zero.
The Reasons Speeding Makes It More Likely That an Accident Will Occur
There are many ways that speeding can cause or worsen accidents. The faster a person is driving, the greater chance that they will lose control of their vehicle, the less effective their protection equipment (such as airbags and seat belts) will be because they are designed for safe speeds, and the longer they will need to stop if a danger pops up.
If there is an accident, the likelihood of serious injuries is higher the higher the speed is. The economic-impact is also greater because of the increased injuries and the higher likelihood that vehicles will be totaled. On a day to day basis, speeding also reduces fuel efficiency, which makes it more dangerous to drive on a daily basis.
The Reasons People Say They Speed
Most people do not get in their cars and start speeding just to aggravate others on the road. They often speed because they got caught in traffic, they are running late, or because they don’t see other vehicles around. People also experience a heightened sense of anonymity in vehicles, which leads them to believe that they are unlikely to be noticed.
If you have been in an accident in which speed was a factor, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.