People often think that the only real consequence to breaking the speed limit is that, if caught by a police officer, they’ll have to pay a fine. That’s not true. There are actually numerous consequences. Speed limits exist for a reason, and it’s very important to think about what you’re really risking when you break them.
To get a better idea of what this looks like, here are six potential consequences from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:
- You use more fuel, costing you more money.
- You increase the chances that you will lose control of your car.
- Once you spot a danger, you need a greater stopping distance to avoid a crash.
- Once involved in a crash, the occupant protection systems — like a seatbelt — are not as effective.
- The severity of the crash increases. Due to the increased energy in the accident, it is more likely that people will suffer greater injuries or be killed.
- The economic impact of a crash is tremendous. You may have high medical bills, lost wages, a totaled car, and many other costs.
Speaking of the costs, both drivers involved in the accident may be facing them. Maybe you know better than to speed and you always follow the limits. That’s great and you’re focused on staying safe, but you know other drivers are going to speed. If that causes them to hit your vehicle, you may see the same financial impact that they do.
In a situation like that, you should know that you have a right to seek compensation from that negligent driver.