Drivers in Missouri face several dangers each time they get behind the wheel. With everything from distracted drivers to objects on the road, it is truly amazing that people make it to work and school safely each day. However, one of the most common dangers that unfortunately leads to accidents and even fatalities is speeding. But exactly how much danger does speeding pose to the public?
The numbers behind speeding accidents
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), speeding is a factor in 27% of auto accidents. From that 27%, over 9,557 (in 2015) unfortunately lost their lives. Lastly, the severity of a personal injury suffered by a pedestrian hit by a speeding car increases the faster the car was going.
What is considered speeding?
A common question among drivers is what exactly defines speeding. In most states, a driver is speeding once they have gone over the posted speed limit. It is at this point that a police officer has the right to stop and issue a fine for speeding. The fact is that states have a reason for posting certain limits. Some areas, such as school zones and residential areas, will have a lower posted speed limit because the dangers of speeding are extremely high. Speed limits for highways, which are likely to be much higher as there are no pedestrians on the road and you have enough room to move around safely, are on the other end of the spectrum.
Why drivers speed
After an accident occurs, most people (along with the police) will ask why the person was even speeding in the first place. The fact is that most do not want to speed but feel pressure to as a result of being late to work/school. It is an unfortunate fact and one that we all need to think about when such issues arise.
Although one can minimize the chances of having to speed, you will, unfortunately, likely face other drivers who simply do not care. If you have an accident, it is important to consult with an attorney as they may be able to help you reach a fair and speedy outcome in court.