Does Speeding Really Increase the Risk of a Crash?
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Does Speeding Really Increase the Risk of a Crash?

Thursday, June 15, 2017By Richard Alexander

If you think speeding does not contribute to increased crash rates, you’re kidding yourself. In reality, speeding increases not only the likelihood of a crash but also the severity of resulting crashes. Read on to learn more.

Speeding has become commonplace all across the country. According to a recent AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety study, about 48 percent of drivers admit to having exceeded a freeway speed limit by 15 miles per hour in the last month. Nearly as many, 45 percent, admit to exceeding a residential speed limit by 10 miles per hour in the last month.

Being exposed to more frequent speeding may cause us to feel that speeding is not really as bad as we’re led to believe. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Nearly one in three fatal crashes involves speeding. Why? One reason is that speeding reduces the amount of time available for a driver to take in, process, and make decisions about information. In other words, when you’re going fast, you have less time to decide what to do.

In addition, increased speeds require increased stopping time and distance, making it less likely that a driver faced with a perilous situation will be able to stop in time to avoid a crash. The ability to avoid crashes by effectively steering clear is likewise reduced.

But it gets worse. Not only does speeding increase the likelihood of a crash, it also increases the severity of injuries sustained in crashes.

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