Let’s face it: most of us lead busy lives. Between work, kids and other obligations, there are just not enough hours in the day. This leaves us frazzled as we struggle to get to appointments on time. To compensate, some of us drive a little too fast on the roads, in a hurry to get from Point A to Point B.
What’s the harm in going a little fast? By traveling at 80 mph instead of the speed limit of 65 mph, you’ll get to your destination five minutes quicker.
That’s if you don’t get in an accident or get pulled over for speeding on the way. While many people speed on the highway without getting caught or causing an accident, you might not be so lucky.
The faster you’re going, the longer it takes to slow down and stop. If a car pulls out in front of you or there is an emergency up ahead, will you be able to avoid an accident if you’re going 10-20 mph above the speed limit? Most likely, no.
Speed is a common factor in car accidents. In 2016, 10,111 people were killed in accidents involving speed. Speed kills just as many Americans as drunk driving, yet the penalties for drunk driving are much worse. A driver who is given a speeding ticket simply has to pay a fine. In many cases, they can take driving school and avoid increased insurance rates. Drunk drivers do not have this benefit. They face hefty fines, jail time, license suspension, increased insurance rates, installation of an ignition interlock device in their vehicle, community service, substance abuse classes and more.
Why Do People Speed?
Speeding is an aggressive form of driving. It often occurs when a traffic jam is involved. Impatient drivers will change lanes frequently and try to get ahead of other vehicles so they can get to their destination more quickly.
Speeding is also caused by busy schedules. A busy mom may have to get her child to sports practice. Another person may have overslept and is now late for work. There simply are not enough hours in the day to accomplish everything. People think they can overcompensate by driving faster on the road, but this is rarely the case.
Consequences of Speeding
Accidents are not the only consequence of speeding. Speeding endangers everyone on the road, including bicyclists and pedestrians. It makes it more likely that the driver will lose control of the vehicle. It increases stopping distance. It can lead to more severe injuries in the event of an accident. It can also cause a vehicle to consume more fuel.
Contact a New York Car Accident Attorney Today
While many motorists consider speeding to be fun and no big deal, it is a factor in many accidents. Speed limits are in place to protect those who use the roadways, and when someone is driving at an excessive speed, it jeopardizes the safety of everyone.
As the saying goes, speed kills. Many people have been injured or killed by a vehicle traveling too fast. If this is true in your case, seek legal help from New York car accident attorney Michael J. Redenburg, Esq. P.C. He can assess your claim and determine liability. Fill out the online form or call (212) 518-2095 to schedule a consultation.