It is common for a person who speeds to think that the main consequence is that they could face a speeding ticket. The truth is that this may end up being the least of their worries. Even getting speeding tickets bad enough to warrant losing your license wouldn’t necessarily be as bad as some of the following six consequences that can result from excessive speeding.
- Your Chance of Losing Control of Your Vehicle is Much Higher
- The Safety of Your Protection Equipment Will Be Diminished
- It Will Take Longer to Stop
- The Most Serious Injuries Occur with the Fastest Speeds
- Crashes at Higher Speeds Result in Higher Property Damage
- You’re Wasting Money on Gas
The faster you are going, the less control you have over your vehicle. This is why speed limits are lower around curves than they are on straight roads. While you can generally drive faster on a straight road than a curved road while maintaining control, you cannot maintain control at any speed. If you are going much higher than the speed limit then you are risking causing a car accident when you lose control of your vehicle.
Modern-day vehicles have a host of safety features intended to protect you if you are involved in an accident. They are optimized for legal speed limits so if you are involved in an accident at high speed, they are less likely to work and you are more likely to suffer a serious injury.
The faster you are driving, the longer it takes you to stop. This may not affect you when it comes to traffic lights or stop signs that you can see well in advance, but it can have a big impact if a danger comes out of nowhere and you are not able to stop.
For every mile over the speed limit you travel, the likelihood for you to suffer serious injury goes up. Speed limits are not there just to control people – they signify how fast you can go before your chances of serious injury go up significantly.
Of course, just like the chance of a serious injury goes up with higher speeds, the chance of a huge medical bill or repair bill comes up as you drive faster. Accidents in parking lots rarely total cars, while accidents at high speeds generally result in all involved vehicles being destroyed.
When you drive fast, you are using much more fuel than is necessary. This increases the cost of driving your vehicle and enhances the impact of your vehicle on the environment.
If you are injured in an accident in which someone else is at fault, remember to contact a personal injury attorney for help. You can reach The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 now for a free legal consultation.