Whether you like it or not, speeding will eventually catch up with you — and it has the power to seriously wreck lives. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 11,258 people were killed in speeding-related traffic crashes, which were responsible for 29% of all fatal U.S. crashes in 2020.
Speeding may seem like a viable option when you’re running late, but it endangers everyone on and near the road. Not only is driving at an unsafe speed illegal, but it also compromises a driver’s ability to:
- Navigate curves
- Avoid potential obstacles
- Stop quickly
As your speed increases, so does the distance you’ll cover before you can stop your vehicle — and all of these factors multiply your odds of a severe or even fatal crash.