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How does speeding increase the odds of a crash?

On Behalf of | Jul 17, 2020 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

If you were hit by someone who was driving over the speed limit, you could have a wide range of hardships to address, from serious injuries to financial problems and emotional trauma. When a driver travels too fast, there are many ways in which a motor vehicle collision is more likely, which is exactly why it is imperative for drivers to obey speed limits at all times.

Sadly, many drivers do not pay attention to how fast they are going, thereby completely disregarding their personal safety and the safety of others on the road.

Reviewing the ways speeding leads to accidents

According to information published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), speeding makes the odds of a motor vehicle crash more likely in multiple ways. For starters, drivers are more likely to lose control of their vehicles if they are going too fast. It also takes longer for drivers to bring their vehicle to a stop the faster they are traveling.

For example, if a driver is speeding (especially around a sharp turn or while traveling up a hill), they will likely have a much harder time coming to a stop if there is a hazard on the road or another vehicle in their path.

Reviewing other consequences of speeding

According to the NHTSA, high-speed collisions and the injuries that people involved in a collision sustain are often more severe in comparison to accidents that occur at lower speeds. Additionally, protective equipment in vehicles is less effective during high-speed accidents. Speeding also results in more fuel consumption, but some drivers disregard these factors when operating a vehicle.

Depending on how far over the speed limit some drivers travel, police may even issue a reckless driving charge, especially if the excessive speed contributes to a motor vehicle accident or injury.