Why does speeding pose such serious risks of a car accident?
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Why does speeding pose such serious risks of a car accident?

On Behalf of | Jun 10, 2022 | Personal Injury

People expect to be safe when traveling the roads in Virginia. Sadly, car accidents are inevitable, but many are also preventable. Speeding poses significant dangers for many reasons.

It’s a form of aggressive driving

Speeding is a form of aggressive driving. Drivers who are impatient and trying to rush to their destination, angry due to road rage and take extreme risks drag racing all engage in speeding. All of these behaviors pose serious risks to everyone on the road.

It reduces your ability to control your vehicle

When you speed, it reduces your ability to control your vehicle. Slowing down and stopping are more difficult, so you won’t be as easily able to avoid obstacles. Speeding also reduces your judgment and reaction time, increasing the odds that a serious car crash will occur.

It increases the risk of a serious crash

Drivers who speed are more likely to end up in serious crashes. Speeding makes it more difficult to stop or even slow down. The impact of such an accident is often devastating, resulting in vehicles being totaled. You are also more likely to experience a rollover accident if you’re speeding, which is one of the most serious types of crashes.

Serious injuries and death are more likely

A person is more likely to suffer catastrophic injuries that might be permanent after a car accident caused by speeding. Many people involved in these crashes end up dying from their injuries. Many victims die instantly.

It’s even more dangerous in inclement weather

Certain weather situations make it difficult to drive at all. When a person speeds in rain, snow, ice, mud or in foggy conditions, it can further increase the risks of a catastrophic car accident. There’s a reason drivers are urged to slow down and use even more caution in those weather conditions.

Protecting your rights after a speeding accident is important.