Excessive Speed Contributes to Car Accidents

We have all seen someone speed by us on the road, or we have been the ones speeding ourselves. Speeding may occur because someone is running late to an appointment or work, has an emergency, is drinking and driving, or just had a "lead foot." Whatever the cause of someone's speeding, the reality is that speeding contributes to car accidents throughout Georgia. When someone is traveling in excess of the posted speed limit, there is a concern that a violent car crash could result due to the dangers of speeding. According to Farmer's Insurance Group, excessive speed plays a part in about one third of all fatal motor vehicle accidents.

Although the information and knowledge is out there showing motorists that speed is a factor in serious crashes, people still drive fast. In fact, a Farmer's survey indicated that about 69 percent of drivers have admitted to speeding, 36 percent admitted to regularly exceeding the posted speed limit by five or more miles per hour, and that 22 percent admitted to driving 10 miles per hour over the posted speed limit repeatedly.

When drivers speed excessively, they:

  • Diminish the time that is needed to avoid an accident
  • Escalate the chance of a crash
  • Increase the severity of the wreck once it happens

Although drivers in Georgia know that speed contributes to accidents and injuries, some motorists still continue to speed excessively, not only endangering their lives but the lives of other innocent motorists. Because excessive speeding is so dangerous, Georgia's "Super Speeder Law," which went into effect on January 1, 2010, fines motorists who drive over 84 mph (74 mph on a two-lane road). The penalties include expensive fees and four points tacked onto the speeder's driver's license. Speeding is a serious issue, and according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) the impact of a crash doubles every 10 miles per hour over 50 mph. This means that if you are involved in a crash caused from excessive speeding, the crash force increases and can increase your chances of being seriously injured.