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Why is speeding so dangerous?

You have likely been driving and went over the speed limit in Washington at one point or another. For some, it is a rare accidental occurrence, but others speed intentionally and do it all the time. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, speeding is a dangerous activity that led to the deaths of over 9,000 people in 2014.

While the consequences of speeding are obviously serious, drivers still do it every day without thinking twice about it. Many people speed to keep up with the flow of traffic. If everyone else is speeding and you are going the speed limit, you may end up in a dangerous situation and feel following their lead is safer. Some people do it because they feel it is not a big deal and they will not likely get in trouble for doing it. Others may do it because they need to get where they are going quickly because they are running late.

It is the last group, those who exceed the speed limit because they are aggressive drivers, who create the riskiest situations on the road. In addition to speeding, they may also drive recklessly. For example, an aggressive driver may improperly switch lanes or drive too closely to other vehicles.

Anyone who speeds, though, is a danger on the road. Driving over the posted speed limit can prevent you from being able to react properly to things happening on the roadway. This could be stopped traffic or something in the roadway. You may also be unable to properly control your vehicle. In addition, higher speeds require longer stopping times and distances, so it is easy to misjudge how long you need to stop. Finally, a crash occurring at higher speeds is more likely to cause severe injury and death. This is general information only and is not intended to provide legal advice.

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