Reckless driving takes a number of forms on the road. Drinking alcohol, using a phone and drowsy driving cause many accidents, and drivers should also understand the risks associated with speeding. Speeding contributes to many motor vehicle collisions and when a crash occurs, it can increase the severity of injuries due to the force of the crash.
Regrettably, many drivers continue to ignore speed limits and place lives in danger.
Looking at data on injuries and deaths due to speeding
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released data on speeding accidents, injuries and deaths. According to their research, based on estimates, more than 308,000 people suffered injuries in traffic accidents that involved speeding in 2020. In fact, this represents 13% of all people hurt in traffic collisions over the course of 2020.
Also, speeding accidents claimed over 11,250 lives throughout 2020, accounting for 29% of traffic accident deaths.
Risk factors associated with speeding accidents
Behind the wheel, a driver could go too fast for different reasons. Often, drivers speed because they do not want to show up to work late or they have to get to an appointment on time. However, speeding can occur for many other reasons, such as road rage resulting from traffic congestion, street racing and failing to pay attention to speed.
Speeding causes a significant number of injuries and deaths every year, and there is no excuse for this behavior. In the wake of a speeding accident, negligent drivers must answer for the consequences of their behavior.