Speeding can actually be a bit controversial. Everyone knows that there’s a speed limit that they’re not supposed to break when they drive. But those who get caught breaking this limit often feel like they’re being penalized for something that wasn’t actually causing anyone else a problem. It feels like a victimless crime.
However, there is a real issue with speeding that goes beyond the law itself. Let’s look at a few of the different ways that it makes the roads more dangerous and why it has been prohibited.
Reducing reaction times
For one thing, a driver who is speeding will not have nearly as much reaction time as someone who is driving at the speed limit. If a car ahead of them suddenly slows down or a child runs into the street, for instance, they will have less time to avoid that crash and react safely.
The loss of control
There’s also a greater risk of losing control of the car entirely. In fact, this is why it’s so important to pay attention to road conditions. You may find that driving at the speed limit is too dangerous when the conditions are not optimal.
More severe injuries
Perhaps the biggest issue with speeding is just that it makes injuries more serious. They are more likely to be fatal or have major ramifications, such as life-long disabilities. Reducing overall traffic speed would reduce the number of fatal accidents, even if the same total number of crashes happened every year.
If you’ve been injured in an accident caused by a speeding driver, it’s crucial that you understand all the steps you can take to seek financial compensation.