You’ve probably noticed that speeding is a common problem in Kentucky and across the country. This bad driving habit can be extremely dangerous to the speeder and everyone they share the road with.
Scary statistics on speeding
Accidents involving speeding vehicles led to 9,478 deaths in 2019, which meant that speeding was a contributing factor in 26% of all car accident fatalities. When you look at car accidents over the last 20 years, speeding has contributed to around one-third of fatalities.
Why speeding is so dangerous
It’s a known fact that the risk of death in a car accident increases at greater speeds. In other words, if you are involved in a collision while driving in a parking lot, you are less likely to be killed than if you are involved in a collision on the freeway. However, the increased force of a fast-moving vehicle is not the only reason why speeding is so dangerous.
When a driver speeds, they are at a greater risk of losing control of their vehicle since cars can be harder to maneuver at faster speeds. If a speeder suddenly needs to slam on the breaks, the car will have a longer stopping distance. These two factors combined with increased crash severity are why speeding is so deadly.
Drivers speed for several reasons
Speeding is considered an aggressive driving behavior because those who do it are disregarding safety. Some drivers speed because they are feeling angry while others speed because they are running late. One of the most common reasons people speed is to try to make up for lost time due to traffic congestion.
You can sue the driver who caused your accident
If you were involved in a multi-car accident with a speeding driver, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against the reckless driver. Traffic camera footage, eyewitness testimony, and police records may help you prove that the driver was speeding.