Speeding is one of the most common risky driving behaviors, contributing to around 12,330 accident fatalities in 2021 alone. Traffic regulations typically establish speed limits based on various details, including the road’s size and traffic volume. Going beyond these limits is unlawful, leading to traffic offenses with varying penalties.
Despite these rules imposed on drivers, speeding remains a deadly factor in many motor vehicle accidents. Out of all traffic deaths in 2021, around 29% involved speeding. This form of risky driving usually stems from aggression while behind the wheel. When a driver speeds, potential consequences include:
- A higher risk of vehicle control loss
- Reduced functionality of vehicle safety features and equipment at high speeds
- Higher likelihood of reacting too late
- Generating considerable impact at collision
- A severe crash, more likely to be fatal and cause injury and property damage at a broader scale
Because speeding crashes extensively damage property, they also typically have significant economic repercussions.
Aggression drives incidences of speeding
Authorities cite speeding as an example of aggressive driving. Drivers usually commit this offense because of the following:
- Running late for appointments or other commitments
- Frustrations caused by heavy traffic
- Inability to consider other motorists due to detachment or anonymity
- Unusual noncompliance with traffic regulations because of compelling circumstances
Still, these reasons cannot excuse a driver’s disregard for road safety laws and regulations.
Addressing speeding through collaborative efforts
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration rolls out many initiatives to address speeding and other risky driving maneuvers. These projects promote safe driving practices and provide guidelines on what to do when encountering reckless or aggressive drivers. Efforts from both drivers and government agencies could be necessary to address risks contributing to preventable traffic accidents.