Since Connecticut officials issued stay-at-home orders in March, fewer vehicles have been on the road. This decrease in traffic has caused motor vehicle accidents to drop. It has also led to a decline in the number of crashes with injuries. Yet, the number of fatal accidents has increased, which officials have contributed to speeding. Empty roads have tempted motorists to put the pedal to the metal, and it’s important to understand the risks they cause by doing so.
The dangers of speeding
Speeding is a factor in almost one-third of all auto accidents in the United States. And it causes 26% of all traffic fatalities. By traveling at a high rate of speed, drivers have less control over their vehicle. They also have less time to take action to avoid a crash than motorists traveling at or near the speed limit. And when accidents occur at high speeds, drivers are more likely to experience serious injuries due to the increased force of impact.
Precautions for motorists
Connecticut motorists must do their part to remain vigilant and uphold the rules of the road. When drivers spot a vehicle speeding down the highway, their safest course of action is to move over and let them by. Motorists can do the same when a fast and aggressive driver tailgates them. Drivers can also adjust their own behaviors to make the roads safer. They can travel at the speed of the vehicles surrounding them, as well as give themselves enough time to get from place to place. These behaviors can help them slow down and decrease their odds of getting in an accident.
Motorists have the right to feel safe while driving. Yet, speeders continue to put those around them in jeopardy. An attorney with personal injury experience can help when a speeder’s actions have caused harm.