Speed: one of the most common causes of car crashes

Over the years, there have been considerable resources devoted to encouraging drivers to operate their vehicles safely. Most recently, these efforts have been directed at preventing behaviors like distracted driving and drunk driving. However, there are still basic safe-driving behaviors that are crucial to focus on, even without elaborate marketing campaigns reminding us of them.

For instance, driving over the speed limit can be one of the more dangerous mistakes a motorist can make. Sadly, despite being one of the first things we learn as drivers, many people fail to appreciate just how important it is to stay within the speed limit.

Speed limits are not set on a whim; they are set according what is deemed to be safe. As noted in this article on the Federal Highway Administration’s website, there are a number of factors that are considered before a speed limit is set. These factors include:

  • Who uses the road (cars, commercial vehicles, pedestrians, bicyclists)
  • Visibility restrictions
  • What the road is used for
  • Curves in the road
  • Crash frequency
  • Traffic volume

Based on these and many other factors, speed limits can be set by state and federal regulators, engineers, computers and other industry experts.

This can be important for readers to understand because it shows that speed limits are not arbitrary. They are in place to keep motorists safe. Unfortunately, drivers don’t always comply with these limits, which can have devastating consequences.

A driver who is speeding can very easily lose control of a vehicle in a sharp turn or be unable to stop in time to avoid backed up traffic or roadway obstacles. Even the slightest over-correction or mistake behind the wheel can cause a vehicle to spin out or crash when a driver is going too fast. 

Speed is a factor in far too many accidents. While it may not seem to be as egregious as texting while driving or being drunk, speeding is an avoidable risk that unnecessarily puts others in danger. If you have been hurt by a speeding driver, you can still take steps to seek legal remedies and compensation in a claim citing negligence and/or recklessness.