Four Ways Overspeeding Causes Road Accidents

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Speeding is a leading cause of car accidents that greatly increases the risk of death or injury for motorists in Kenya. According to the Governor’s Highway Safety Association (GHSA), speeding is a major factor in approximately a third of all traffic fatalities.
It also plays a major role in serious injuries caused by car accidents. Not only does over speeding causes road accidents, but it can also make accidents worse when they do happen. The speed of a vehicle is directly related to the impact it causes in a crash, which affects the extent of personal injuries in many cases.
If you have been injured in a car accident that was caused by a driver who was over speeding, you may be entitled to recover compensation for your injuries – even if the driver was not ticketed for speeding or was ticketed but had it thrown out.
Here are four ways by which over speeding causes road accidents
·      All drivers are responsible for knowing the speed limit when they are driving. When a driver exceeds the speed limit, then they are of course considered to be “over speeding.” With the help of digital speed governors you can notice your and monitor your speed while driving!
Going fast is the main cause of most fatal speeding related accidents. High speed accidents are known to result in serious and deadly crasher, even if only one vehicle is involved. Rollover accidents are also much more likely to happen if a driver is driving at a high rate of speed.


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·       Failure to maintain reasonable speed. Some argue that exceeding the speed limit is necessary when the surrounding traffic is going over the set speed limit. Speed warning systems installed in your vehicle can keep you in the check!
 ·  Driving Too Slow: Many may be surprised to learn how many accidents are caused by someone driving too slowly. It’s been proven that traffic accidents are caused much more often by drivers who are driving below the speed limit than those who are driving too fast.
In fact, driving even to MPH slower than the surrounding traffic greatly increases your chance of being in an accident!
Most people would probably agree that going 100mph is foolishly dangerous and will very likely lead to a disastrous car accident. The problem is that exceeding the speed limit by 5mph in the wrong place can be just as dangerous. That is why engineers and local government authorities have determined the maximum speeds allowable for safe travel on the nation’s roadways.
Consider this example of pedestrian accident caused by minor or moderate levels of speeding.
 A pedestrian walks out into a crosswalk with an approaching car theft travelling at 30 mph. If the driver brakes when the pedestrian is 45 feet away, there will be enough space to stop without hitting the pedestrian.
Now, increase in the vehicle’s speed by just 5 mph will change the situation dramatically. At 35mph and the pedestrian was 45 feet away, this means the car will be travelling at 10mph when it hits the pedestrian!
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A pedestrian accident at 18 mph can cause major injuries or even wrongful death. To prevent speeding car accidents, drivers should observe the three second rule, no matter what speed you’re driving. This is how it works.
  •        While driving, pick out a sign or pole on the side of the road.
  •          When the car in front of you passes it, count off three seconds.
  •            The front of your vehicle should not reach the marker before you reach three.
  •          If you pass the marker before you reach the count of three, back off and try again.

Make sure, however, the three second rule does not take your eyes off the road because that just sets the stage for another type of accident. We wish that more people could understand how speeding does not save them time and only increase the danger to themselves, passengers and others. If parent’s over-speed in the presence of their children, how does that parent expect their children to drive?

 Sure you understand how over speeding causes road accidents? What is on your mind? What are your comments, suggestions and questions? Kindly share them below!
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