WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, NHTSA, determined that in 2018, 9,378 people tragically died in motor vehicle crashes caused by speeding. In 2017, speeding was a contributing factor in 26 percent of all traffic fatalities. Speeding, along with drunk driving and distracted driving, are the most dangerous behaviors on the road that are also the easiest to avoid. The NHTSA points out that speeding endangers everyone on the roadway, not just the passengers in the speeding car. *
Driving at a velocity greater than posted or at a speed too excessive for the conditions can result life-changing consequences. The speeding driver will will often have a difficult time maintaining control over the vehicle. The safety equipment of the car is less effective when a crash occurs at higher speeds. A collision is often more severe at higher speeds, which increases the chances that occupants will sustain catastrophic injuries or even tragically die in the crash. Additionally, the ability for a driver to stop a vehicle at a safe distance while speeding decreases substantially when a vehicle travels at a high rate of speed when the driver perceives a danger.
Crashes that occur at higher speeds often inflict greater injuries and require more extensive medical treatment. A speeding driver who kills or severely injures another in a crash can also face criminal charges.
Determining why people drive fast is not easy. The NHTSA identified four reasons why people drive at excessive speeds. The reasons include frustration over being stuck in traffic, running late, feeling anonymous because the vehicle shields the driver from the outside world, and having no regard for one’s safety or the safety of others.
It is well documented that most accidents can be prevented with a little extra care and safety education. Since 1984, Montlick & Associates has been dedicated to keeping children and families safe on the roadway. Our commitment runs deep through our extensive, award-winning public service programs that provide people the information they need to avoid injuries. To learn about our Don't Drink and Drive Campaign, Child Passenger Safety Programs, Booster Seat Campaign and much more, visit montlick.com and click on “community service,” or simply click here. You can also learn more about one of our newest driver and passenger safety programs by visiting iridesafe.com.
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