The Dangers and Consequences of Speeding

Speed limits are set in place for a reason. Even going over the limit by a few miles per hour is a bad idea. When drivers exceed the posted speed limit, they’re increasing their potential for a loss of vehicle control. Additionally, there is reduced effectiveness of occupant protection equipment. There is also a need for increased stopping distance after the driver perceives a danger and an increased degree of crash severity that leads to more severe injuries. Finally, there are the economic implications of a speed-related crash, speeding tickets, increased insurance rates and an increase in overall fuel consumption and cost.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently raising awareness about the dangers of speeding. According to the NHTSA, in 2016, speeding killed 10,111 people on U.S. roadways. That accounted for more than a quarter (27 percent) of all traffic fatalities for the year. Speeding is something that happens on roadways in California and across the nation everyday. Busy schedules and a fast-paced modern life can make speeding seem like an appealing alternative when you’re in a hurry, but it’s extremely dangerous. Potentially shaving off a few minutes is never worth the risk of endangering your own life and the lives of others.

Speeding by The Numbers

  • For more than 20 years, speeding has been involved in approximately one-third of all motor vehicle fatalities.
  • 50 percent of speeding passenger vehicle drivers involved in fatal crashes in 2016 were not buckled up at the time of the crash.
  • 32 percent of male drivers, 15 to 20 years old, involved in fatal crashes in 2016 were speeding.
  • 37 percent of speeding drivers involved in fatal crashes were alcohol-impaired in 2016.

Car Accidents Caused by Speeding in California

It’s important to point out that it’s possible to speed even when you’re going under the speed limit if roadway conditions are bad. Drivers are urged to use their judgment and exercise additional caution in poor weather and bad roadway conditions. Always adjust your speed to the conditions of the roadway.

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident involving a driver who was speeding in San Diego or anywhere along the Central Coast, contact the skilled team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation.

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