In 2016 alone, speeding killed more than 10,000 people throughout the United States. Despite this statistic, many people continue to break the law when they get behind the wheel.
When driving faster than the speed limit, it can be difficult to understand why it's a bad idea. This is particularly true among people who are in the habit of doing so. However, there are many potential consequences, such as the following:
- Greater chance of losing control of the vehicle
- Increased stopping distance
- Increased severity in the event of a collision with another vehicle or object
- Increased cost of ownership, such as using more fuel
There is no way of knowing if these consequences will come into play when speeding, but the potential is there.
For example, if a person is driving too fast on the highway and is forced to stop quickly, he or she may not be able to do so before causing a collision.
The best thing you can do as a driver is keep a constant watch on the posted speed limit. This will ensure that you always know what's expected of you in regards to how fast you can travel.
Also, be sure to watch for other drivers who are breaking the law. Just because you're driving the speed limit doesn't mean that other people on the road are taking as much caution.
If your vehicle is struck by another, move to safety and call 911. Wait for help to arrive, receive medical treatment and then learn more about the accident. If the other person was speeding, you may be able to hold him or her responsible for his or her actions.
Source: NHTSA, "Speeding," accessed March 08, 2018