Speeding can cost you more than the price of an expensive ticket, it could cost you your life. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s latest report, 9,262 people were killed in 2014 as a result of speeding, a total of 28 percent of all fatal crashes. Speeding goes beyond exceeding the posted limit. A driver is considered to be speeding if they are driving at a speed that is unsafe for certain road conditions. Construction zones, school zones, curved or steep roads, and certain weather conditions all call for a reduced speed. When these conditions are ignored, the possibility of an automobile accident is greatly increased.
What Causes a Driver to Speed?
There are a number of variables that could cause a driver to unknowingly, or knowingly break the speed limit. Some of the most popular causes for increased speed are
- Traffic: Aggressive drivers begin speeding and quickly changing lanes when traffic congestion causes a need to slow down.
- Running Late: Drivers who get behind the wheel later than they anticipated often turn to speeding to make up for lost time.
- Distracted Driving: Distracted driving behaviors such as texting, talking on the phone, switching radio stations, etc. could leave a driver unaware of their increased speed.
- Habit: Drivers who have never been involved in an accident are unaware of the dangers of speeding and drive often fast out of habit.
It’s your responsibility as the driver to take accountability for your driving and keep to a safe and responsible speed. There are a number of steps you can take to avoid speeding when on the road. Plan to leave five minutes early to reduce the need to rush during your drive. Know the path to your destination and prepare for predictable weather conditions before your trip. Map out your path and be aware of zones that will require you to reduce your speed.
Accidents caused by speeding can be preventable. Break the habit by being conscious of your behavior and stay aware of the speed limit.
If you or a loved on has been injured in an automobile accident, the attorneys at Owen Patterson & Owen may be able to help. Call us at 800.676.5295 to discuss your case.