Knowing The Dangers Of Speeding

One of the most common types of personal injury lawsuit filed every year across the nation is an auto accident case. With over four million car accidents reported every year across the United States, thousands of these accidents were caused by at least one motorist driving over the speed limit. When a driver chooses to operate his or her vehicle over the speed limit, they are not only putting themselves in harms way, but they are also endangering the lives of every other motorist they came in contact with on the road.

Operating a motor vehicle can be a very dangerous activity. Speed limit signs exist for more than just an excuse for police officers to write tickets. They are there to keep motorists safe. When a car is traveling too fast, it decreases reaction time, and also increases the risk of making a potentially devastating mistake. You may be able to hold reckless drivers liable for their actions by filing a lawsuit if you were injured in an accident caused by speeding.

How Speeding Affects Safety

Many people speed because they are in a hurry or are running late. No appointment is more important than your safety. Speeding increases your risk of getting in an accident for a number of reasons such as:

  • Increases severity of the injuries in the event of a collision
  • Significantly reduces reaction time
  • Decreases amount of time a driver has to slow down and stop
  • Increases chance of losing control of the vehicle or rolling over, especially with wet roads

A number of car accidents could have been avoided if the driver was operating his or her vehicle at or below the speed limit. Unlike airplanes, who often have plenty of airspace to navigate and are able to stay separate by flying at different elevations (see more here), drivers on the roadway must share the road and work together to remain safe behind the wheel.