On the road, you need to keep an eye out for many hazards, whether you are driving, riding in a vehicle, biking or walking. Aside from drunk drivers, bad weather, fatigue and the use of phones behind the wheel, speeding plays a role in many serious accidents. Sadly, you could lose your life or sustain serious injuries if someone driving too fast hits you.
It is important for you to take a closer look at the impact of speed-related accidents and take action in the event that someone going over the speed limit collides with you.
How many people die in speeding accidents?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 9,378 people died due to speed-related accidents over the course of 2018. Additionally, the NHTSA states that almost half of the drivers who were speeding when they lost their lives in traffic crashes were not wearing a seat belt when the accident took place. During 2017, speeding played a role in 26% of all fatal motor vehicle collisions.
Why do so many drivers speed?
The NHTSA outlines a number of reasons why drivers go over the speed limit. Sometimes, people speed because they do not show concern for their personal safety or the well-being of others while on the road. Many people speed while running late for work or other important appointments and some people drive too fast because of road rage or frustration due to traffic congestion. However, there is no excuse for ignoring traffic safety guidelines and those who cause speeding accidents must answer for their behavior.