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Why do some drivers speed?

On Behalf of | Sep 19, 2023 | Car Accidents |

Speeding is one of the most discouraged behaviors on the road. Reports from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that speeding contributed to 29% of all traffic fatalities in 2021.

So, why would a driver know the dangers of speeding but still do it? Here are six reasons:

1. Being in a hurry 

Some drivers speed because they are running late. They may be in a hurry going to a meeting, soccer practice, work and so on.  

2. Traffic delays

Accidents, construction, highway maintenance and traffic overload cause traffic delays, which can encourage drivers to respond aggressively by speeding, changing lanes unsafely or becoming angry at anyone who hinders their progress.

3. Anonymity

A driver may feel like an observer of their surroundings instead of a participant since the car shields them from the outside environment and tinted windows offer utmost privacy. When a driver cannot be seen by others, they may engage in aggressive behaviors, such as speeding.

4. Disregard for others and the law

Many drivers speed as a response to a specific situation, but for some, it’s their usual behavior. These drivers disregard speed limits and other road users. 

5. Drunkenness

People who drive under the influence of alcohol or other drugs are highly likely to speed. Since their judgment is impaired, they may not know they are speeding or may do so for fun.

6. Route familiarity 

Drivers who use a particular road every day know its conditions and how/when to respond. Unfortunately, route familiarity can give a driver a sense of comfort, and, in turn, they may speed. Familiarity is one of the contributing factors to accidents that happen close to home.

If a speeding driver injures you, it is always wise to consider legal help to receive the compensation you deserve.  


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