How dangerous is speeding?

On Behalf of | Jan 17, 2021 | Car Accidents

On the road, there are many hazards that you and other drivers face. One of these hazards is the behavior of others on the road. According to the NHTSA, in 2018, over 9,000 people died in accidents involving speeding. 

Speed affects everyone’s safety, including the driver of the vehicle. 

Why drivers speed

In many cases, speeding is a type of aggressive driving. One of the most common reasons for speeding is heavy traffic. Out of frustration, drivers may switch lanes without warning, speed up and become angry with other drivers that obey the law during congestion. 

The drivers you encounter on the freeway believe that they have some level of anonymity. When inside a vehicle, drivers may feel like an observer rather than an active participant on the road. When a driver detaches, he or she may act recklessly. 

For a smaller percentage of drivers, reckless speeding happens often. These drivers may have a blatant disregard for your safety or the safety of others. 

How speeding endangers others

Why is speeding so dangerous? If you are on the road with a driver who speeds, he or she may lose control of the vehicle. When going fast, a driver cannot stop on a dime. Instead, he or she needs a longer distance to avoid an accident. To make it worse, if he or she does wreck the car, the accident causes a greater impact at higher speeds. You are more likely to suffer serious injuries when hit by a speeding vehicle. An accident over the speed limit can also cause the protection equipment in the vehicle to fail. 

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