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The causes and consequences of speeding

On Behalf of | Jan 17, 2022 | Blog, Motor Vehicle Accidents |

On the road, you could become seriously hurt if you encounter another driver who is traveling too fast. Sadly, some drivers have little regard for traffic safety laws and responsible behavior. Moreover, even those who generally drive safely speed from time to time, such as someone running late for work.

However, there is no excuse for speeding, and this reckless behavior causes many serious injuries and even deaths every year. It is important for drivers to go over reasons why so many people speed as well as the impact of speeding.

Why do drivers ignore speed limits?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides helpful information on speeding and outlines some of the reasons why drivers ignore speed limits. Aside from those late for work or an appointment, some drivers speed because they feel anonymous behind the wheel, or because they become frustrated due to traffic congestion.

Sometimes, drivers have no regard for traffic safety guidelines, while others speed due to inexperience, distractions (such as using a phone) and drowsiness. Road racing and peer pressure can also lead to speed-related accidents.

Why is speeding so dangerous?

When a collision takes place at high speeds, protective equipment loses effectiveness. Aside from increasing the likelihood of a collision, speeding also increases the severity of the accident, and those involved are more likely to sustain serious injuries. Speeding can cause drivers to lose control and make it harder for them to avoid hazards and stop their vehicles.

If another driver’s reckless behavior resulted in a serious accident, you need to immediately review the options in front of you.