Speeding is a rising problem that endangers everyone

Our lives are busy, and we are often short on time to get things done. Some drivers work speeding into their packed schedules, and excessive speed is an increasing problem in the U.S.

When on the road with a speeding driver, do whatever you can to get out of the way to avoid becoming a statistic.

A little history

According to data put together by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 10,111 people died because of speeding in 2016, a figure that represented more than 27 percent of all traffic deaths that year. In fact, speeding has been a consistent factor in almost a third of all traffic fatalities for more than 20 years.

Why drivers speed

Speeding is a form of aggressive driving. Most of the time, motorists exceed the speed limit or perform risky maneuvers like abrupt lane changes out of frustration with traffic congestion. Some people run late on a regular basis and speed to get to their next meeting, appointment, class or game on time—or at least as close as possible to on time. Once behind the steering wheel, they convince themselves that no one can see them. They are anonymous and can drive any way they want.

What happens

A speeding driver is not only a problem for other drivers in the vicinity, but also for pedestrians, cyclists and motorcycle riders. With excessive speed comes the potential for losing control of the vehicle. The driver may not account for the added distance required to bring the vehicle to a stop in an emergency. If speeding causes a crash, there may not be time for vehicle safety equipment to work effectively. The resulting injuries are likely to be severe.

Determining cause

Remember that speeding is a danger to everyone. If you are the victim in a vehicle crash, you have rights and legal options to explore. A thorough investigation will produce evidence of speeding and driver negligence, and you can expect financial compensation for any injuries you sustain.