How fast is too fast and thus dangerous?

| Mar 11, 2021 | Car Accidents |

Speeding brings with it the chance for a collision, and collisions come with the potential for injuries. Louisiana motorists might not always pay attention to how fast they drive,, however. Drifting above the speed limit may be a common problem, but scores of drivers may not think much about it. Even mild increases in speed increase the dangers to others on the road.

Speeding comes with dangers

Several crash tests performed by different organizations, including the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, revealed that modest speed increases present more significant hazards on the road than many assume. The chance for fatalities increased due to the potentially severe damage to a vehicle. Going from 40 mph to 50 mph could dramatically increase the damage to a vehicle. The driver and passengers inside the vehicle may suffer the consequences of excessive speeds.

Those driving 10 mph above the speed limit in a 65 mph zone may find the potential dangers increase to even more disastrous levels. Colliding with a guardrail or a telephone pole could be disastrous at any speed. Speeding could make everything even worse.

Other factors to consider when speeding

The weather creates risks even for those traveling carefully and at a safe speed. Going over the speed limit on slick roads comes with potential catastrophes. Braking becomes compromised in such situations. Even when the roads are clear, driving at higher speeds could make braking more challenging.

Speeding also reflects potential negligence. Speeding “a little bit” might not provide any logical defense to negligence since speeding remains a moving violation. Anyone hurt in a motor vehicle accident caused by a driver who was speeding or who was negligent in some other fashion at the time of the crash might want to meet with an attorney and learn about the options for seeking compensation that might be available.