How risky is speeding on Florida roads?

Moving violations become routine practices for drivers willing to take risks. Speeding stands as a common “bad habit” among reckless drivers in Florida, which is alarming. Even driving only a few miles above the speed limit increases the chances of crashes and injuries. Drivers unconcerned about maintaining a safe speed could put their lives and the lives of others in jeopardy.

Speeding and its dangers

Drivers might become frustrated during their commutes. The rush to get home after work or to get to a store before it closes may lead to driving faster than the posted limits. While some might attempt to excuse the moving violation, it might not get someone out of a ticket nor prevent an accident.

Speeding remains illegal because it is dangerous. NHTSA data from 2019 reveals that 9,478 people died in speeding-related traffic accidents in that year. Several reasons contribute to the high fatality numbers. For one, speeding makes controlling the vehicle difficult, and the force of a collision could be so significant that airbags and seat belts might not deliver enough to protect to prevent a fatal injury.

Maintaining control of a speeding vehicle isn’t easy, even under normal traffic conditions. During bad weather or inside a construction zone, things may become harder. Yet, some choose to speed anyway.

Speeding and the costs

Some motorists may attempt to avoid car accidents by allowing aggressive, speeding drivers to pass. Giving a speeding vehicle additional space could help, but collisions may still occur, leading to injuries and totaled vehicles. Victims may face permanent disabilities or even a loss of life.

A driver may never realize how dangerous speeding is until causing a crash. The aftermath might reveal the serve financial costs, as a lawsuit could leave a negligent driver facing significant liability.