Statistics show that speed is a factor in 31% of all fatal crashes,
killing about 1,000 people in the U.S. every month. When you are
speeding, you are risking your own life, the lives of your passengers,
the lives of other drivers and their passengers, and the lives of
pedestrians. No matter what speed you are traveling, you will
harm a pedestrian if you hit them with your car.
At 25 mph, you will require a distance of at least 61 feet to stop your
vehicle and at least 1.07 seconds. As your speed increases, so
does the required length. At 70 mph, a driver will require
approximately 350 feet, the length of a football field, and a total of
3.2 seconds to react and stop the vehicle. For this reason, it is
advisable to maintain a safe following distance from the car in front
of you and to allow speeders to pass if they are tailgating.
There are many injuries associated with motor vehicle accidents, and
all are compounded when you introduce speeding into the equation.
If you’re not wearing your seatbelt, you just negatively compounded the
situation even further.
Motor vehicle accidents can damage all parts of the body in varying
ways. Head and neck injuries are extremely serious and can be
found at the scene of many accidents that involve speeding and where
the driver and passengers were not safely restrained.
The faster you are traveling, the more likely you are to make impact
with the dashboard, steering wheel or windshield if you are not
restrained by a seat belt. This impact can cause irreversible
brain damage, neck and spinal injury (which can lead to paralysis),
facial, jaw and eye injuries and physical marring. Simply put, if
you were traveling at 85 mph and were stopped abruptly, your body just
made impact with the windshield traveling at 85 mph. This impact,
although it did stop your body, didn’t stop your brain from traveling
inside your skull. Your brain will now travel at 85 mph until it
crashes into your skull.
Furthermore, your internal organs will suffer just as much
damage. They, too, will travel freely within your body at your
respective miles-per-hour until they make impact, thereby causing
extensive internal injuries. Your upper and lower limbs will
likely shatter from the impact, also.
The sad truth is that, if you do survive a motor vehicle accident at
excessive speeds, your injuries might make you wish you hadn’t.
Speeding just cost you your life as you once knew it.