The fatality risk factor is approximately 4 times more in cases of speeding accidents.
While a small difference between mileages might seem quite ordinary on the speedometer, it can actually mean the difference between life and death. Unchecked speeding puts you at a higher risk of engaging in an auto accident. The higher the speed of your vehicle, the lesser time you have to respond to unexpected intrusions or distractions on the road. Speeding puts everyone in your vicinity at a higher risk for being a victim of an accident.
Consequences of speeding accidents
- Living with the trauma of a near death experience.
- Dealing with severe physical injuries that are often a direct consequence of such accidents.
- Dealing with the psychological and emotional consequences of being a part of a horrific experience.
- Dealing with expenses to maintain medical bills and legal fees (where required) to deal with the fallout from a speeding accident.
- Dealing with the legal hassles of a speeding accident case and insurance claims before you can put the entire situation at rest.
It is a fact that the risk factors for auto accidents increase with cases that involve a speeding driver. The fatality in such cases is high because the time to respond to an oncoming vehicle is much less while the intensity of the impact increases with the speed.
Preventative Advice to curb speeding accidents
The best way to prevent such fatal accidents is to follow a few safety habits yourself and encourage others to do the same.
Speed limit not Speed Target
The speed limit set for a road is not necessarily the ultimate speed target that you have to achieve even if the road conditions permit. Key factors such as weather, your own distractions or exhaustion might be interfering with safety.
Rural vs. Urban roads speeding control
Rural roads often have unexpected hurdles such as animals straying on to the path or blind bends that can compromise you’re driving even at the permissible speed limit. It is better to average at a speed that is well within the limits and allows you to navigate unknown or tricky roads efficiently without compromising the safety.
Appropriate driving speed for bad weather conditions
Being a safe driver also includes being considerate of fellow travelers on the road. If the other vehicles on the road are following safer speed criteria due to the external road factors, respect that. Do not try to over speed or overtake vehicles rashly which is often just the scope for an accident to happen.
In case of an accident, call for help at 911. If you were the one speeding or were involved in the accident, calling your legal counsel will also be a smart option at this time.
If you or anyone you know has been involved in a car accident please contact 305-305-HELP (4357) so that we may share the resources you need.