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The hazards and health risks of speeding

On Behalf of | Dec 18, 2023 | Personal Injury

Almost every day in Mississippi, someone dies in a serious car accident. Those that survive may be left with serious and debilitating injuries that result in lifelong disability. Car accidents can be terrifying for everyone involved. Sadly, many of these accidents can be prevented if people only obey traffic laws, such as the speeding limit.

The danger of speeding

The posted speed limit is not something that is decided arbitrarily. There are very specific reasons why the speed limit may be lower. It may be due to the existence of upcoming turns, pedestrians or even things like wildlife or rockslides in that area. If you are driving too fast, avoiding such hazards may become impossible.

The consequences of speeding accidents

Speeding accidents are some of the most serious. This is obviously because the damage incurred at higher speeds can be much more disastrous.

Due to how impactful speeding accidents can be, they often lead to death for the driver, passengers, pedestrians and all others involved. If someone survives a speeding related accident, they may end up suffering with injuries for the rest of their lives. Such a personal injury can result in serious medical intervention such as the amputation of limbs. In other cases, the victims may be permanently paralyzed.

The solutions to speeding

Car manufacturers are considering new ways to combat speeding accidents via technology. This is known in the industry as “speed assistance.” With passive speed assistance, the car automatically alerts the driver that they are speeding. With active speed assistance, the car automatically forces the car to slow down if speeding. While the less libertarian and individualist Europe is quickly adopting such standards, there is a stronger question of whether these tools will be mandated by the US government or installed voluntarily by US automakers since such measures may be viewed as interfering with the personal freedom of drivers.

Still, there is certainly one other way to solve this problem without technology. Drivers must make every effort to obey the speed limit.