You know you are not meant to speed when driving, but have you ever stopped to think why? Many drivers have not, judging by the number of vehicles traveling over the speed limit each day. Otherwise, they would think twice before doing it.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), speeding contributes to around one in three of all fatal vehicle crashes. Stopping people from doing it could clearly save many lives. But why?
Speeding increases reaction time
Driving safely relies on you being able to notice things, decide what you need to do, then do it in time to avoid hitting that thing. The faster you travel, the less time you have, as you will get to the hazard that you need to react to sooner.
It increases the risk of severe injury or death
You do not need a physics degree to understand that the faster something travels, the more it will hurt you when it hits you. There is no reason to be scared of another car when you and they are stationary. Yet, as soon as one of you starts moving, the danger increases, and the more speed you get, the more force is carried into the crash.
It makes it more likely you will lose control of your vehicle
A bump in the road or a slight steering error are all exacerbated by speed, and something that would have no effect when you are traveling slowly could send you flying across the road.
If you are injured in a vehicle crash, exploring what went wrong is crucial. Pinpointing that the other driver was traveling too fast can help you get the compensation you deserve.