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Why speed matters with regard to auto accidents

Many people in the New Orleans area may think that driving faster than the speed limit is no big deal. It is easy to rationalize speeding in a number of different ways. For example, if it seems like everyone else is doing it, drivers may be encouraged to speed with the cars around them. In addition, some people speed because they are late and think that if they drive faster, they can make up time. But whatever the reason or rationale may be for any particular driver, speeding is a dangerous problem.

Speeding is involved in thousands of deadly auto accidents each year. According to a report by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, in 2014 alone, speed-related crashes resulted in more than 9,000 deaths across the country. Furthermore, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration attributes more than $50 billion in economic damages to crashes involving speeding drivers.

Modern vehicles have robust safety equipment and systems that are designed to save lives and keep people safe. But even the most sophisticated and expertly engineered safety mechanisms cannot save a car accident victim from catastrophic injuries, or even death, in high-speed crashes that produce immense forces.

Speed not only increases the damage and injuries caused in a crash, but it also makes car accidents more likely to occur. The faster that a vehicle is traveling, the less time that the driver has to react to an emergency. Moreover, once the driver sees an emergency, they need more stopping distance at higher speeds, which makes it less likely for them to be able avoid an accident.

Most motorists can intuitively understand that too much speed can be dangerous. The data just confirms that intuition, and it helps make a strong case for why drivers should adhere to all speed limits.

Source: IIHS, "Speed and speed limits," accessed on Sep. 15, 2016

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