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Speeding is a dangerous driving practice

On Behalf of | Sep 14, 2018 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Law enforcement offices throughout Hawaii patrol officers to catch individuals who operate their vehicles above the posted speed limits. Individuals who drive over the speed limit can be ticketed for their actions and if their speeding is egregious they may face more serious legal consequences such as reckless driving charges. Speeding is against the law and is penalized because it is dangerous. Individuals who operate faster than is safely possible put themselves and others at risk of serious injury or death.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that speeding contributed to more than one out of every four fatal crashes that happened in 2016 in the United States. Though drivers may think that speeding will get them to their destinations more efficiently than operating at the legal limit, the possible outcomes of speeding significantly outweigh the time they may or may not save by driving too fast.

Drivers who speed lose control of their vehicles at a higher rate of incident than drivers who obey posted speed limits. They also are more likely to suffer more serious injuries if they are involved in accidents than drivers who operate at slower rates. When a driver speeds, they may lose the opportunity to successfully brake and prevent an accident that may otherwise have been avoided had they slowed down.

Individuals who speed may attempt to justify their actions by claiming that everyone else speeds and that they are good drivers. However, the statistics do not lie and speeding is a demonstrated and proven cause of many fatal vehicle accidents. Victims of speeding accidents should be aware that they may have legal options to sue for their losses and accident-related damages.