Every day, millions of cars fill U.S. roads and highways, transporting people from one place to another. The convenience, comfort and speed of travel that a car provides have made this means of transportation a necessity for Americans, but like any other piece of invention, if abused or misused, it will cause bad results.
The sad thing in relation to cars is the fact that many drivers do not know how to use these responsibly. Once behind the wheels, drivers easily forget all the education, advertisements and reminders that speak about road traffic rules and safe driving. As a result, more than five million vehicular accidents are registered every year, with at least 30,000 of these resulting to deaths. The top four causes of car accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), are reckless driving, speeding, drunk-driving or driving under the influence (DUI) and driver error. It is totally surprising, however, to know that the many drivers, who are scared of speeding and hate speeders, are guilty of driving over the speed limit too.
Speeding increases the chance of an accident and, thus, compromises the safety of others on the road. As the law firm Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC, puts it, this is because speeding:
- Decreases driver visibility;
- Decreases a driver’s reaction time to danger;
- Decreases ability to slow down or stop;
- Decreases a driver’s control over his/her vehicle;
- Increases chance of rollovers on turns;and,
- Increases chances of rear-end accidents.
No matter what reason speeders have for going over the speed limit or for driving too fast for road condition, one fact holds – they make the road dangerous for everyone else. The injuries that may result from car crashes due to speeding can be more severe because speed increases the force of impact. This is why speeding drivers should be held totally responsible for their reckless actions.