For most Michigan residents, driving is unavoidable. You need to get in your car to run errands, get to work, take the kids to school and complete any number of activities necessary to get through your day. Though you may not think about it often, being in a vehicle so much does put you at risk of suffering injuries if an accident occurs.
Unfortunately, far too many people increase the risk of accidents by not following posted speed limits. Some people may think that they are skilled enough drivers and that speeding is not a big deal, but in reality, a number of repercussions could result from traveling at high rates of speed.
Effects on driving and accident aftermath
When it comes to speeding, anyone on the road could be affected. Even if you are not speeding, another driver could drive over the speed limit and cause an accident. Some people may enjoy going a bit faster, but the following negative outcomes could result from speed:
- Higher likelihood of losing control of a vehicle
- Increased likelihood of a more severe accident and more severe injuries
- Increase in fuel consumption
- Reduced effectiveness of seat belts and other protective equipment
- Increased distance needed to come to a stop
Though increased fuel consumption may not seem like a significant consequence, severe injuries resulting from a speed-related crash are substantial repercussions. Still, many people disregard these hazards and continue to drive too fast.
Why do people speed?
Disregarding the law and the safety of others are only a couple of reasons that people choose to speed. Some drivers may think that if they speed, they will be able to make up for time lost after sitting in traffic. They may also think that speeding will help them get to their destinations on time after running late. No matter the reason, speeding is a risk that drivers should not take.
Even if you do your best to be a safe and conscientious driver, it is possible that a speeding driver could crash into your vehicle and leave you suffering serious injuries. If so, you may want to remember that you have legal options for seeking compensation after this type of event. A personal injury claim may allow you to work toward monetary restitution for medical bills, lost wages, and other damages permitted under state law.