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How dangerous is speeding?

On Behalf of | May 28, 2021 | Car Accidents

One of the most fundamental rules of driving is to obey all traffic laws, including speed limits. However, accidents happen every day because someone does not comply with these laws. Speeding drivers seem to travel on every road, from racing through residential streets to blazing past us on the highway.

Traveling at higher speeds than the posted speed limits could be why some accidents are far worse than they might have been had drivers been obeying the speed limit. Far too many people dismiss the dangers of speeding.

Why it is not safe to speed

The faster we drive, the less time we give ourselves to stop or adjust to changing road conditions. We can miss visual cues. At higher speeds, cars are generally more difficult to control, and even slight, sudden responses can cause a vehicle to slide, spin or flip. Further, the injuries people suffer in a crash can be much more severe when speeding is involved.

For these reasons, it is not safe to speed.

However, despite these risks and the fact that exceeding the speed limit is a traffic violation, people still speed regularly. In fact, they could be doing it more than ever these days.

Surges in street racing

A recent article from the Associated Press reported that states across the country have seen a sharp increase in street racing events. The article points to the pandemic as the reason behind decreased traffic levels as well as an increase in free time to soup up cars, which then created the rise in this activity.

These reckless motorists put every passenger and other motorist in danger. And it’s not just their speed that makes them a threat: they often block off roads and perform stunts which can be dangerous.

Street racing and speeding can result in fines and even criminal charges. Yet, people still take these risks endangering themselves and those around them. If street racers and speeders cause a crash, they can be held accountable for the serious damage they cause.


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