Speeding: A Threatening Road Behavior
Every day, millions of cars fill U.S. roads and highways, transporting people from one place to another. The convenience, comfort and speed of travel a car provides have made this means of transportation a necessity for Americans; however, for drivers who do not know how to be responsible while behind the wheel, then a car can be a cause of accident that can result to serious injuries or even death/
It is a very sad thing that, once behind the wheel, many drivers easily forget all the education, advertisements and reminders that speak about road traffic rules and safe driving. As a result, more than five million vehicular accidents occur every year, with at least 30,000 of these resulting in death, while more than two million, in injuries. The top four causes of car accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), are reckless driving, speeding, drunk-driving or driving under the influence (DUI) and driver error. It is totally surprising, however, to know that the many drivers, who are scared of speeding and hate speeders, are guilty of driving over the speed limit too.
Speeding increases the chance of an accident and, thus, compromising the safety of others on the road. Speeding, in fact:
- Decreases driver visibility;
- Decreases a driver’s reaction time to danger;
- Decreases ability to slow down or stop;
- Decreases a driver’s control over his/her vehicle;
- Increases chance of rollovers on turns; and,
- Increases chances of rear-end accidents.
No matter what reason speeders have for going over the speed limit or for driving too fast despite poor road condition, one fact holds – they make the road dangerous for everyone else. The injuries that may result from car crashes due to speeding can be more severe because speed increases the force of impact. This is why speeding drivers should be held totally responsible for their reckless actions.
As explained by the law firm Russo, Russo & Slania, P.C., “Advances in technology and increased awareness of the importance of safety on the roads have, in recent years, reduced the threat posed to public health and safety by car accidents. Nevertheless, car accidents remain one of the leading causes of serious injury and wrongful death in the United States each year, and the sad truth is that far too many of these accidents could easily have been prevented.
Victims of car accidents should not have to pay for the consequences that they may face if someone else was to blame for their injuries. Fortunately, through the protections afforded by personal injury law, victims may not have to. In fact, they are often entitled to financial compensation and justice that allows them to better deal with the aftermath of a car accident.”