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Better Late Than Never: How Speeding Causes Accidents

Speeding is a traffic violation that nearly every driver is guilty of at some point. While it is understandable that getting places on time is important, it should never be more important than your safety.

The Dangers of Speeding

Many people do not see the risks of traveling just five or 10 miles over the speed limit. However, there are numerous potential dangers.

First, speeding gives the driver less time to slow down should they need to stop unexpectedly. When traveling at a high velocity, it takes a longer time to slow down. If a driver is speeding, they ultimately decrease the amount of time they have to brake and avoid obstacles ahead.

Second, drivers traveling at fast speeds may fail to see important road signs. For example, they may miss notices that they need to yield and could travel directly into traffic or an intersection.

Did you know that the speed of the car impacts the functionality of the airbags and seatbelts? It’s true– speeding decreases how effective these safety mechanisms are.

Tips to Prevent Speeding

Have you ever looked down at your speedometer and noticed that you were going far above the speed limit? It’s an easy mistake to make. However, here are some ways to help you fix your habit of speeding and ultimately stay safer on the roads:

  • Leave early or on-time: If you notice that you mostly speed when you are late for events, take extra precautions to ensure that you are leaving on time, if not early.
  • Plan for traffic: If you know you have to travel during rush hour, plan to leave early to avoid the stress of traffic that can lead you to speed when trying to make up travel time.
  • Use an app: There are numerous apps created to help people be safer drivers- explore the options and see what could work for you!
  • Listen to slow music: Listening to upbeat music in the car can actually cause people to speed. If you find yourself getting lost in your music, try a slower playlist.

Los Angeles Car Accident Attorneys

Speeding is dangerous, but unfortunately common. If you or a loved one is hit and injured by a speeding driver, our team at Martinian & Associates Inc. wants to help you fight for justice and fair compensation after the accident. Contact us today to discuss your legal options.