The highest price we pay for car crashes is in the loss of human lives, however, society also bears the brunt of the many costs associated with motor vehicle accidents from speeding and distracted driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in 2013, 9,613 lives were lost due to speed-related accidents, down 6.9 percent from 10,329 in 2012.
Think Before You Speed
Here are a few tips to keep yourself and others safe on the road today:
1. Give yourself time to stop.
Unless you have been in a car accident you do not know how fast a crash can happen. If something happens in front of you like something falling onto the road, a car stopping suddenly, a swerving car, when traveling 60 MPH on a highway that is going to impact you Immediately. Speeding decreases the amount of time you have to react safely to the perils of the road.
2. Relax, the police are not going to pull you over when you are not speeding!
I admit, says the blogger of this post, I used to speed. My road trips were a constant of being on the edge looking for police cars and radar guns, brake lights and any other sign that there may be a police officer lurking in wait. Now, after two speeding tickets, I am over that. Now that I travel at the speed limit, I can relax. Now that I am relaxed I can enjoy the scenery, my family, and have a calm enjoyable trip.
3. You’re not the only one on the road.
Remember driving fast not only puts you at risk but others around you at that same risk as well. We’re not just talking about the other cars on the road but pedestrians walking and riding bikes around. It’s important to be cautious at all times to limit any chances of an accident.
Be safe on the roadways this summer. For those taking this advice to heart and are going to go the cool calm collected route remember to stay to the right!
Have you been hurt in a high-speed accident? We have the legal team in place to fight on all fronts on your behalf. Call Mckenzie & Snyder at: (513) 737-5180