Overspeeding: A Willful Disregard for the Safety of Others

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), speeding, which occurs in 33% of all fatal motor vehicle crashes, is the third leading contributing factor in road accidents. While it is true that driving fast will mean shorter time of travel, it is also true that, with speed, is greater risk of a car crash that can result to greater damage to property and more severe physical injuries.

Speeding, or driving at excessive speed, can mean driving beyond the determined speed limit or driving at the allowed maximum speed, but at times when road condition is not safe, like when the road is wet and slippery due either to snow or heavy rain, when the road is covered in mist or fog, or when there is road construction going on. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, a total of 32,675 people died in motor vehicle crashes in 2014.

Despite the danger it presents, many drivers overspeed because:

  • They think that overspeeding is neither dangerous nor a serious traffic violation
  • They need to keep an appointment or be on time for work
  • Insurance firms will shoulder the burden of costs in the event of an accident
  • They are not aware of what the maximum speed limit is
  • They believe that they are in perfect control of their vehicle despite driving too fast.

Every year, about 13,000 lives are lost due to overspeeding and the ones most prone to committing this traffic violation are male drivers whose ages range from 17 to 24. Drivers who overspeed should realize that speeding cars take a longer distance and time to stop; driving at fast speeds also makes chances of drivers committing errors higher.

As explained in the website of Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, speed limits are intended to keep people safe; thus, when people choose to drive faster than the speed limit allows, they demonstrate an obvious and willful disregard for the safety of others that is likely to make them liable for any accidents they cause. This is a case wherein a person, who is hit by an overspeeding driver, can file a legal claim for all damages that he or she has been unjustly made to suffer.

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