Speeding As An Accident Cause And Reason For Serious Injuries

Speeding continues to be a threat to traffic safety. Driving at excessive speeds poses many risks not only to the driver and other occupants in the speeding vehicle, but also potentially to other road users. These other road users can include other motorists; motorcyclists; bicyclists; and others such as pedestrians and runners.

The Darien Patch article of January 6, 2021, titled “Darien Woman Cited…” discusses various incidents involving traffic safety. One of these incidents involved a woman who was cited for speeding on I-55 at Lemont Road on December 24, 2020. She was allegedly driving 99 mph in a 55 mph zone.

Driving at higher speeds both increases the potential for accidents, as well as increases the likelihood that any resulting accident injuries will be of greater severity. Vehicles that drive at speeds that far exceed the given speed limit risk getting into accidents for many reasons. One of these reasons is that at higher speed there is less reaction time for the driver. This reduced reaction time can be problematical especially in situations where something unexpected occurs. For instance, if a speeding driver suddenly encounters a road hazard, such as debris on the roadway, the driver may not have enough time or distance to safely navigate around the road hazard.

Speeding can also cause a loss of vehicle control. The loss of vehicle control is a common cause for accidents, and is further discussed on the “DuPage County Accidents Involving Loss Of Control” page.

As discussed on that page, loss of control can lead to a variety of serious types of accidents. Among the most serious types of accidents is a vehicle rollover accident. Vehicle rollovers are more likely to occur at higher vehicle speeds. As with many types of accidents, vehicle rollover accidents can lead to serious accident injuries especially if seat belts aren’t used by all vehicle occupants.

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