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How Speeding Leads to Dangerous Crashes
By Pyle Law, October 01 2019 6:16 pm
How Speeding Leads to Dangerous Crashes

Car accidents can be dangerous, and when excessive speed is involved, they are that much more dangerous. Everyone is busy, and everyone has somewhere they need to be, but when drivers attempt to make up for lost time by exceeding the speed limit, they endanger everyone with whom they share the road. If another motorist’s need for speed causes you or someone you care about to be injured in a car crash, consult with an experienced Kansas car accident attorney today. 

Speeding: The Statistics

Speed limits are not posted to thwart busy drivers but, instead, are intended to help keep all motorists and their passengers safer. Speeding is not just about the speed limit but also relates to driving too fast for the road’s condition. If inclement weather, for example, reduces visibility and/or makes the roadway slippery, drivers are responsible for reducing their speed accordingly. 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) relays that in 2017, speed played a primary role in 9,717 traffic fatalities. NHTSA explains exactly how dangerous speeding is with the following:

  • Speeding intensifies the severity of car crashes and leads to more serious injuries.
  • Speeding increases the chances that a driver will lose control of his or her vehicle.
  • Speeding reduces the effectiveness of a vehicle’s occupant protection equipment.
  • Speeding increases the distance that a vehicle needs to come to a safe stop. 

Speeding, in other words, is always a bad idea.

Why Drivers Speed

We all know that aggressive drivers are dangerous drivers, but you may not realize that speeding is a form of aggressive driving. Drivers who speed have a variety of ready excuses to explain their actions, including:

  • Congested traffic
  • Tight schedules
  • The anonymity of being behind the wheel

We all face time constraints and would prefer to avoid heavy traffic, but safe drivers build these factors into their plans instead of eschewing safety and the law by surpassing the speed limit. 

Increased Risk of Traffic Accidents

Ultimately, speeding increases the risk that a traffic accident will occur. A driver who travels faster than the posted speed – or faster than is safe given the road’s condition – increases the chances that he or she will lose control of the vehicle and cause a dangerous accident. Further, if the speeding driver encounters a risk factor on the road, such as slowing traffic, his or her reaction time is decreased, and so are the chances that a traffic accident will occur. Drivers who speed put everyone else on the road at risk. 

If a Speeding Motorist Leaves You Injured, Consult with an Experienced Kansas Car Accident Attorney Today

If another driver’s failure to adhere to the rules of the road leaves you or someone you care about injured in a car accident, the dedicated legal team at Pyle Law in Kansas, is committed to advocating for you and your rights. Attorney Tom Pyle has the experience, compassion, and determination to help, so please do not hesitate to contact us online or call us at 620-241-9000 / (888) 381-1155 for more information today. 

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