Stop Speeding Before It Stops You

Disobeying posted speed limits puts everybody on the road at risk. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), reports that 13,000 lives were lost as a result of speeding-related traffic wrecks in 2005. Their “Stop Speeding Before it Stops You” campaign is aimed at raising awareness about the dangers of speeding.

The Dangers of Speeding

Speed limit signs are posted to keep people safe. Anytime a driver decides to disobey the speed limit, he or she is putting everybody else on the road in great danger. Speeding drivers don’t have the ability to properly maneuver around curves and obstacles. Other drivers may miscalculate a speeding driver’s distance traveled. Additionally, speeding drivers just don’t have as much time or space to react to emergencies or hazards in the roadway. Speeding through areas where children are likely to be playing is especially dangerous.

Speeding Statistics

• In 2005, speeding was listed as a contributing factor in 30 percent of fatal crashes.
• Only 14 percent of speeding-related fatalities happened on Interstate highways in 2005.
• Additionally, most speeding-related fatalities in 2005 happened on roads where speed limits were 55 miles per hour or less.

Who is Most at Risk?

According to the NHTSA, young males are most likely to speed. In 2005, 38 percent of male drivers between the ages of 15 and 20 involved in fatal wrecks were speeding at the time of their crashes.

What Happens When You Speed?

In addition to getting tickets, points, hefty fines and increased insurance premiums, speeding actually has an impact on the way drivers handle the road. Listed below are a few of the negative impacts that speeding has on one’s driving ability.

• Reduces the driver’s ability to negotiate turns, curves and obstacles in the roadway
• Greatly extends the distance needed to stop in an emergency
• Increases the distance traveled when a driver reacts to hazards or emergencies
• Greatly increases the risk of fatal crashes and injuries
• Other drivers aren’t able to accurately judge one’s distance traveled

Obey Posted Speed Limits

The NHTSA is hoping to shed light on the dangers of speeding. Speeding isn’t just about getting to your destination a little bit faster. Speeding increases the chance of having dangerous wrecks that can result in injuries or fatalities. If you or a loved one has been injured due to a speeding driver, contact the experienced team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. for a free consultation.

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