The truth is most people speed from time to time. Maybe a person is running late to a meeting or they are listening to an upbeat song and don’t realize how fast they are going. Whatever the reason, it is important to know that the potential consequences are more serious than just getting a traffic ticket. Read on to find out how speeding affects the likelihood of a car accident turning into a fatal car accident. If you have been affected by an accident, reach out to The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 602-340-0030 for a free legal consultation.
Consider the statistics of the most recent years
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has looked at speeding and found that it was a contributing factor in nearly one in three fatal car accidents. In fact, in just one year, about 9,000 people across the country die in car accidents that were at least partially caused by speeding. Remember that speeding a choice and so these deaths are very preventable.
Speed limits are not there for fun
Many people don’t realize how speed limits are determined. They assume that they are arbitrary, but nothing could be further from the truth. Speed limits are set based on the condition of the roads they are on, the areas around them (for example, a neighborhood would have a lower speed limit than a country road even if the road conditions are the same), and other factors. When a person speeds, they are essentially saying that they believe they know more about safe driving speeds than road engineers who decide these things for a living.
What’s the deal with speeding? It can make an accident much worse
The faster you are driving, the harder it is to maintain control of your car. The faster you are driving, the longer it will take for you to correct for any mistakes. The faster you are driving, the harder it will be to stop in an emergency.
Think about it like this: If you are driving 65 miles per hour in an area with a speed limit of 45 miles per hour and the light turns yellow, it is going to take a lot longer to stop than it would have if you were going the speed limit. Because the light is timed for drivers following the speed limit, you may not have time to stop but could instead skid through the light.
The faster you are driving the less your protective equipment protects you
Seatbelts, airbags, etc. are there to help protect you in the event you do have a car accident. They are not there to prevent the accident but they can reduce the chances that you will suffer from a more serious injury. The faster you are driving the harder it will be for them to truly protect you. If you want to avoid death in the event of an accident then slowing down is a great first step.