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Why is speeding so dangerous?

On Behalf of | May 1, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Driving has the potential to be dangerous even when road users adhere to safety rules and regulations. One of the riskiest types of driving behaviors is excessive speeding. Speed limits are in place for various reasons, but mainly to reduce the chances of accidents occurring.

Outlined below are some key reasons why speeding is a particularly dangerous opportunity.

The risk of losing control

A driver needs to be in control of their vehicle at all times. When traveling below speed limits, this is usually possible. The higher the speed, however, the more difficult it is to control a vehicle. At high speeds, any slight movement, such as turning the steering wheel or even hitting a pothole could cause a vehicle to spin out of control.

Safety equipment becomes ineffective

All modern vehicles are safety tested. The structure of each vehicle is tested to see how it would respond in the event of a crash. Modern vehicles are also fitted with airbags and other safety features that are designed to reduce the chances of serious injuries occurring. Nonetheless, safety features are tested on the assumption that an accident occurs when the vehicle is traveling within the speed limits. The average vehicle is not fitted with safety features that will be highly effective when crashing at 100 mph.

The degree of injuries

The faster a vehicle is traveling when crashing, the more likely injuries are to be very serious or even fatal. The risk of injuries being fatal in a crash nearly doubles for every 10 mph increase in speed.

Speeding is a form of negligent and potentially reckless driving. If you have been injured by a driver who exceeded the speed limit, you may be able to hold them to account via a personal injury claim.