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Speeding is deadly to everyone on the road

by | Jun 23, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Speed-related crashes cause serious injuries and fatalities. The implementations of speed limits are not effective on roads where countless drivers go 20 or 30 mph over the limits. Speeding is a leading cause of fatal accidents on Illinois roads and highways.

Common injuries

Speeding leads to the worst kinds of motor vehicle accidents on the road. The injuries include pain, swelling, bruising and fractures that lead to hospitalizations. Muscle paralysis, amputations and back or head injuries often cause long-term effects that could last for years after the accident. Usually, higher speeds cause greater vehicular damages that increase the severity of injuries.

Facts about speeding

Speeding does not guarantee that drivers will reach their destinations faster. If they’re driving on crowded roads, they still have to stop at traffic lights like cars that are not speeding. Every driver, whether he is traveling at 70 mph or 30 mph, has to slow down at every traffic stop sign and light.

Speeding increases the physical force and strength of a collision. In some vehicles, several tons of weight are applied to a person’s body. The impact of a car that is traveling at 30 mph and crashes is similar to that of freefall from a four-story building. Speeding at 60 mph and braking suddenly is equal to falling from 10 stories.

Most drivers will claim to have sped 10 or 20 mph over the speed limits at some point. Speeding is one of the main reasons why so many drivers and passengers end up in the hospital after an accident. Speeding is a major contributor to the highest rates of fatalities in the U.S. and many other countries.