People who get speeding tickets will often feel frustrated because they feel like it’s not necessary. Yes, they went slightly faster than the law allows, but they weren’t hurting anyone.
That may be true in a particular case, as most people who are pulled over for speeding have not been involved in a wreck, but the statistics make it clear that speeding is dangerous. It is serious. In any given year, roughly one out of every three fatal accidents involves speeding. That’s typically around 10,000 deaths in the United States, year after year.
Speeding impacts driving in many ways
Speeding is so dangerous because it impacts driving on many levels: Control of the vehicle, the driver’s perception of danger and the potential for a fatality — just to name a few. A speeding driver may be more likely to lose control than someone who is driving at the speed limit. Their perceptions of traffic around them may be flawed, as they do not have as much of a reaction time as they think they do. When things go wrong, it happens quickly.
The greatest issue, though, is just the increase in fatality odds. The faster someone is traveling, the greater the chances that someone will be seriously injured or killed in the crash — either in the speeding car or in the car that they hit. Driving the speed limit really does save lives.
What to do after an accident
If you are involved in a crash caused by a speeding driver, you may be able to seek compensation for your medical bills and any related costs. Make sure you are well aware of the steps that you’ll need to take to protect your interests.