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Why is speeding more likely to result in car crashes?

On Behalf of | Aug 9, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Speeding is a huge problem for drivers, passengers, pedestrians and cyclists in Georgia. It’s one of the most dangerous habits and can lead to serious accidents and injuries.

Why is speeding so dangerous?

Many drivers often travel at much higher speeds than the legal limit. This makes the road much more dangerous for everyone who happens to be on it. Speeding causes a driver to have less control over their vehicle, reduces their reaction time and makes it more difficult to slow down and stop when necessary. Maneuvering around curves in the road is also impaired, which makes it easier for a speeding driver to hit barriers and even veer into traffic traveling in the opposite direction.

How many fatalities occur from speeding?

In 2020, speeding was a huge reason for fatal car crashes. It accounted for 29% of these accidents and resulted in more than 11,000 people losing their lives. Some of the drivers who caused these crashes were racing. Fatalities from car accidents caused by speeding have also increased significantly over the past decade or longer.

What type of injuries are common from speeding accidents?

Even if the victims of a car crash caused by speeding survive the accident, they can be left with catastrophic injuries. Some of these can be long-term, chronic or even permanent. Traumatic brain injuries are among the most common. They can lead to cognitive impairment, memory issues, loss of consciousness and even sleep disorders.

Spinal cord injuries are also commonly sustained after speeding-related car accidents. A person could be left paralyzed from the waist down or even from the neck down depending on the location of the injury.

Internal bleeding and organ damage can also occur in speeding accidents. However, all of these injuries require prompt medical attention and possibly a lifetime of care depending on their severity. They show why it’s so important to slow down while driving.

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