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Speeding Is the Leading Cause of Fatal Accidents


Driving above the posted speed limit may sound harmless, but statistics show that speeding is the leading cause of vehicular deaths in the United States. In fact, speeding frequently plays a part in no fewer than one-fifth of all fatal crashes in Delaware. Even when someone does not die after a car accident, he or she may be left with catastrophic injuries. This makes the act of speeding a dangerous, selfish choice for any driver on the road.

Why Do Motorists Speed?

Speeding occurs for a wide variety of reasons and it happens in all age groups. One reason is impatience, which can make drivers more susceptible to trying to get around slower moving traffic. To some motorists, speeding may seem normal, especially when all the other cars on the highway appear to be going five or 10 miles above the speed limit.

Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs can also cause someone to speed. The same is true for distracted driving, such as when a driver texts or eats while driving. In both circumstances, the driver pays more attention to something other than the road.

What are other commonly cited speeder excuses? Anything from wanting to find a restroom to running late for a meeting may become explanations for speeding. However, these rationales do not hold up under scrutiny and ultimately put everyone on the road at risk.

What Makes Speeding so Threatening?

Most speeders believe that they can slow down if needed. However, speeding causes a diminished reaction time. A driver who speeds has much less time to react to changing conditions. The faster a vehicle is traveling, the longer it will take to stop. Consequently, going just a few miles above the speed limit can mean the difference between avoiding an accident or becoming a statistic.

How to Avoid Speeders

Motorists who consistently speed put their own wants and needs above those of their fellow travelers. Though it is impossible for safe drivers to completely avoid speeders, they can take a few measures to reduce the risk of colliding with a speeding vehicle.

First, motorists should steer clear of speeders and try to move out of their way. Allowing a speeder to pass quickly may be the wisest decision, rather than trying to slow the speeder down or keep up with the speeder.

Secondly, drivers who are being tailgated by a speeder will want to move out of the way as soon as possible. This can be difficult, especially on roads where passing is not allowed. If necessary, a driver should be prepared to take an exit, turn onto another road, or turn into a parking lot. This gets the driver away from the speeding vehicle permanently.

Finally, if a speeding motorist becomes hostile or harassing, the victimized driver can take recourse by having a passenger call 911. Highway aggression and speeding are often closely associated, alerting the authorities to inappropriate or frightening driving behaviors is important.

Bear Car Accident Lawyers at Rhoades & Morrow Represent Clients Who Were Seriously Injured in Speeding Accidents

Were you seriously injured in a speeding accident? If so, it is crucial to contact one of our Bear car accident lawyers at Rhoades & Morrow to obtain legal counsel. Complete our online form or call us at 302-834-8484 to schedule a free consultation about your case. With offices located in Bear, Wilmington, and Milford, Delaware, we serve car accident victims in Middletown, Seaford, Dover, Milford, Hillsborough, Lewes, Rehoboth, Elsmere, and Seaford.

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