Many people feel hurried to their next destination in northern Florida, whether it is to attend class, head to work, or meet a friend at a coffee shop. It can feel tempting to go a few miles beyond the speed limit, but speeding is a dangerous exercise. Not only does it expose you to a traffic ticket or other legal penalties, but you can also cause serious personal injury. There are a number of reasons why speeding is a dangerous move.
The National Safety Council (NSC) explains that when you exceed the speed limit, you have less time to react when you spot a dangerous situation. Another car may pull out in front of you and you are going too fast to stop your vehicle from colliding into it. Also, because you are traveling at a fast speed, you need more distance to stop your vehicle, which may be more than you have available to avoid an accident.
Another problem is that speeding makes it less likely that a structure meant to safeguard motorists can stop you from serious injury or death. Many bridges and overpasses have guardrails to keep vehicles from tumbling over, but a car going too fast might penetrate the railing and plunge from a great height or into a body of water. Other safety features, like concrete barriers, median dividers or impact attenuators may be compromised due to high speeds.
Driving too fast is also a problem if weather conditions make roads more dangerous. The NSC explains that in 2017, speeding was not a great factor in causing deaths on dry roads. However, that percentage increases if roads become wet or icy. While snow is generally not an issue in Florida due to its temperate weather, roads can still ice in the winter months. According to the NSC, speeding contributed to as many as 40% of fatal crashes on icy roads in 2017.
Even if you are pressed for time, it is not worth the risk to try to get there in a hurry. Safe driving can help prevent severe and even fatal injuries on the road. Because personal injuries have many different causes, only read this article as general information and not as legal or medical advice.