How dangerous is speeding for drivers?

On Behalf of | Feb 27, 2020 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Posted speed limits exist for a reason, and staying within legally established speed limits supports better safety on New Mexico roads. However, some drivers choose to disregard speed limits and place themselves and others in danger. Speeding-related accidents could cause injuries and even result in deaths.

Points about speeding and its dangers

It is no exaggeration to say that speeding puts people’s lives in jeopardy. The NHTSA reveals that more than 9,300 people died in vehicle accidents involving speeding in 2018. Roughly one-third of all annual motor vehicle accidents involve speeding, which is a sobering figure.

Speeding could lead to many dangers coming together all at once. Losing control during bad weather or being unable to stop when something pulls in front of the vehicle represent two potential disasters. Other dangers may arise as well.

Other vehicles on the road aren’t the only things at risk when a driver speeds: Pedestrians could end up hurt by a speeding driver. Speeding drivers also put their passengers at risk.

The ramifications of speeding accidents

Someone pulled over for speeding may receive a citation, and their insurance rates may increase afterward. Even those who face such actions might continue to speed. Impatience on the road may contribute to such behavior. Those continuing to speed could be putting off both an accident and a reckoning.

Speeding increases the risks of motor vehicle accidents and also increases the force of a collision, so the resulting injuries may be more severe. An individual hurt by a reckless, speeding driver may want to seek an insurance settlement and possible further legal action against the driver in order to receive compensation for their injuries.