Speeding and Car Accidents
When people hear the word speeding, they often think that it is just about a vehicle going over the speed limit. They are not wrong, but their concept of speeding is limited. Speeding can also be about a vehicle going too fast considering the road and weather conditions, like wet pavements and intense rains.
Speeding has been a factor in nearly one-third of all fatal car accidents. This is a disturbing proportion, considering that there is a variety of ways on how a car accident can occur.
But when you think about it, this is understandable, because speeding is risky and its dangers are often overlooked, especially by complacent and experienced drivers. The most obvious risk of speeding is the fact that speed can translate to more impactful crashes and collisions. This is basic physics.
Those who are relatively lucky may only get injured. The possible injuries they may sustain include brain damages, spinal cord injuries, fractures, burns, lacerations, and whiplashes. Those who are not so lucky may sustain these injuries on a severe enough level to result in death.
Another risk of speeding is the fact that the driver has limited vision. Due to the fastness of how everything is passing him by, stimulus may not be registering properly into his head, or the stimulus may arrive too fast that he will have no time to react to it. Imagine if a vehicle suddenly turns in front of him or a pedestrian suddenly crosses the street. Before you know it, this speedster is already in breaking news reports.
Speeding can also compromise the driver’s control of the vehicle, and this may be very bad news for the vehicle’s tires. When a person is speeding, he is more likely to lose control of the car, especially during a curving or turning maneuver. The speed may also give the vehicle enough momentum for the vehicle to rollover and possibly eject the driver.
Those who have been victims of reckless driving accidents may get compensation from the responsible parties. This is good news, especially because these victims are innocent motorists or pedestrians who have been involved in speeding drivers’ recklessness.
To avoid accidents caused by speeding, avoid speeding yourself. If there are speeding drivers around you, stay away from them as far as possible.