Is speeding a form of aggressive driving?

Look, we all do it. Even if you are the best driver, some times your leadfoot can get the better of you. But, can your speeding be considered a form of aggressive driving? Some say yes.

“In 2018, 9,148 people died in speeding-related crashes (25% of all fatalities).” According to the Governors Highway Safety Association.

Speeding is huge problem with huge consequences. Speeding is a form of aggressive driving.

“Some states have passed aggressive driving laws that delineate these actions, which include speeding, red-light running, failure to yield, following too closely, improper passing, and more.”

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) listed four reasons aggressive driving has increased:

  • Traffic
  • Running Late
  • Anonymity
  • Disregard for Others and for the law

Consequences of Speeding

The NHTSA also listed consequences that directly correlate to speeding: 

  • Greater potential for loss of vehicle control
  • Reduced effectiveness of occupant protection equipment
  • Increased stopping distance after the driver perceives a danger
  • Increased degree of crash severity leading to more severe injuries
  • Economic implications of a speed-related crash
  • Increased fuel consumption/cost

Driving too fast is not only about going over the speed limit. It is also about knowing the correct speed for the current conditions; whether that be related to weather, driving at night, construction, etc. A lot of times this information comes with experience.

High speed crash stats have gotten better during COVID stay-at-home orders, right?

Not so fast.

“Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) members reported that the COVID-19 crisis has led to more speeding on our roadways rather than the significant reduction in traffic crashes we would expect with the nation sheltering at home”.

Remember that getting to your destination is far more important than how fast you get there. Speeding does not just put your life at risk. It puts yours, everyone in your car and everyone driving around your car at risk. 

Getting to your destination just a few minutes earlier is simply not worth it. We all depend on each other on the road to keep everyone safe. Do your part!

Have you been injured in a car accident at the result of high speed or other neglect? Let Glisson Law help you navigate through it so you can focus on your recovery. Contact us for a FREE consultation today.