How does speeding affect accidents?

On Behalf of | Jun 28, 2017 | Commercial Vehicle Accidents

If you are like most drivers, you have probably exceeded the posted speed limit at some point when driving in Louisiana. It can happen easily, but when you are intentionally speeding, it creates dangerous conditions. Speeding leads to many accidents, which are typically more severe than accidents that do not involve speeding.

According to Automotive Fleet, going over the speed limit can increase your chances of getting into an accident and suffering a serious injury by a great percentage. Just going one percent faster can increase the possibility of you getting into a crash by two percent. Your chance of dying increases by four percent and injury risks increase by three percent. To give you an idea of how this would play out, if you were to go 80 miles per hour when traffic is going 70, you would be 71 percent more likely to die. You would be 49 percent more likely to be injured, and your chances of getting into an accident would be increased by 31 percent.

The reason that speeding increases your likelihood of serious injury or death is simple science. The force of impact will be greatly increased with higher speeds. For example, if you hit a tree going 25 miles per hour, it would cause damage, but that damage would be much worse if you hit the tree going 50 miles per hour. It is all about the force behind the impact, which increases much more than the increase in your speed. This is general information only and is not intended to provide legal advice.

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