Speeding motorists are a common problem on the streets of Raleigh. Although the effects of driving faster than the posted limit are well-known, many drivers choose to do it anyway. In 2015, 9,557 people died from car accidents caused by speeding motorists, states the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Highway Loss Data Institute. The blatant disregard for traffic signs, rules, road conditions and other motorists make the roads more dangerous for everyone.
Loss of control
Speed limits are set to help minimize hazards in different areas. For example, a commercial area with many people entering and leaving the roadway from adjacent businesses and streets may require cars to stop suddenly and frequently, so low limits enable them to avoid collisions in these situations. Someone driving too fast may be unable to stop at red lights and intersections, or avoid cars, people or objects in their path.
While speeding increases stopping distance, many who exceed the limit do not travel at safe distances from other vehicles, anyway. Their haste combined with sudden traffic situations or unanticipated actions of other motorists can increase the risk of crashes. At higher speeds, the risk of serious injuries and death in a collision also increases significantly.
Vehicles are much harder to safely control and maneuver when they are driven faster than the posted limit. When there are adverse road conditions, such as rain or gravel, drivers should exhibit caution and slow down even more. Drivers may also have slower reaction times and are often unable to handle the turns and curves of the roads safely.
Serious car accidents
Speeding reduces the effectiveness of the safety features on cars. Seatbelts, airbags, suspensions and antilock brakes can help save lives and minimize the occurrence of injuries when used properly in conjunction with proper driving behavior. However, even the most protected are not immune to the damage that occurs when a car collides with them going 30, 40 or even 50 miles per hour faster than it should be moving.
Accidents may range in severity, even when a vehicle is traveling at 25 miles per hour or less. However, those that occur due to excessive speeds are often the source of catastrophic damage. Involved motorists usually face high medical costs, property damage expenses and potential litigation costs. Pedestrians are particularly at risk of death from accidents involving speeding drivers.
Drivers who wish to protect themselves from speeding motorists should pay full attention to the roads and eliminate distractions. At times, alertness and evasive maneuvers may enable a driver to take immediate action and avoid a speeder, but not always. Anyone who is dealing with the aftermath of a speed-related car crash should speak to an attorney about their situation to learn about their options.