Study Indicates Need for Change in Attitudes Towards Speeding

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by | Feb 14, 2014 | Auto Accidents

A recent survey conducted by the federal administration indicates that motorists need to take the risks of speeding much more seriously than they currently are. While the survey finds that 50% of motorists are aware of the dangers of speeding, many of them also frequently drive at excessive speeds.

According to the National Survey of Speeding Attitudes and Behavior, about 4 out of 5 drivers believe that driving at a safe speed reduces accident risks, and 91% also agree that speed limits should be obeyed unconditionally by all. However, the same survey also found more than 25% of motorists admitting to speeding very often, and enjoying the thrill of speeding.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that more than 10,000 fatalities every year are caused in speeding-related car crashes. Speeding contributes to high-impact accidents that end with severe destruction. These accidents are much more likely to end in severe injuries like brain injuries or spinal cord injuries that have a lifelong impact on a person’s life. Persons who suffer from such injuries may be unable to perform routine activities like looking after themselves, feeding themselves and so on. They will require long-term physical therapy and rehabilitation, multiple surgeries, and other medical expenses in the future to be able to live anything resembling a normal life. Speeding-related accidents often cause such catastrophic injuries.

Speed-related accidents are also much more likely to result in multiple fatalities. Occupants of a car travelling at 100 mph that is involved in an accident have a much higher chance of succumbing to their injuries, compared to occupants in a car that is involved in a moderate-speed accident.

Motorists must understand that experience and skill may not count for anything, when it comes to speeding. You could be a veteran driver with years of experience behind you, but unable to control your car at high speeds.

Doug Horn is a Missouri car accident lawyer  dedicated to the representation of victims of car accidents across Missouri.