It goes without saying that speeding is an entirely preventable behavior. Reducing your speed behind the wheel, even by just a few miles per hour, can literally save lives and significantly reduce medical costs and damages to property. Speeding endangers everyone. In 2017 alone, speeding killed an alarming 9,717 people in United States. In other words, speeding accounted for over a quarter (26%) of all traffic fatalities that year.
Car accidents and injuries caused by speeding can be exacerbated by even the slightest increase in speed. For example, going 5 mph to 10 mph faster than the posted speed limit can make the difference between a life or death scenario in a car accident. It’s simple: anytime a driver increases his or her speed from 40 mph to 60 mph, the energy that is released in an accident more than doubles.
According to statistics compiled by The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 30% of all fatal car accidents can be directly attributed to speeding. Another eye catching statistic, according to the National Safety Council, is that about 13,000 lives are lost yearly as a direct consequence of speeding.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) also noted a direct and obvious correlation between vehicle speed and crash severity. It’s simple laws of physics in action. The faster the speed of a vehicle in motion, the greater the impact, and the more severe and potentially life threatening the subsequent injuries will be.
The study conducted by the (IIHS) also determined that motorists traveling at or below the speed limit significantly lowered their risk of being seriously injured in a car accident, while in contrast, the risk of being severely injured increased exponentially for those choosing to drive above the speed limit.