Speeding: Major Cause of Accidents, Do You Do It?


If you’re like the vast majority of Atlanta residents, you speed. You may not do it all the time, on every road, but you likely speed from time to time during your commute or when you’re running late. Speeding is one of the top contributing factors in serious auto accidents, and a recent study suggests that many people who do it are under the false assumption that they do it quite well.

Atlanta Drivers Speed: GA Car Accident Lawyers

Whether you are running late to work or simply trying to move along with the rest of traffic, speeding is dangerous. We wouldn’t recommend you do 55 mph on the highway when traffic is moving at 70 mph (that would be dangerous too!), but by being conscious of how fast you are going and the risks you take with every additional tick of the speedometer, you may be able to avoid getting into a serious accident.

NHTSA Says 1 in 5 Drivers Admit to Speeding

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently released a new study reporting that about half of responding drivers said speeding is a serious problem on the roads across the country. But about one in five of them admitted to trying to get to their destinations as quickly as possible.

Four in five drivers believe driving at or near the speed limit is safest, helping drivers to avoid dangerous situations and a potential crash. The overwhelming majority (91 percent) said they believe drivers should obey the speed limits simply because it’s the law. Still, many of these who recognized the need for lower speeds admit to speeding.

About one-quarter of respondents said speeding is something they do without thinking. They seem to be on auto-pilot when behind the wheel, moving with their destination in mind and giving little thought to the risks they are taking en route.

Approximately 16 percent of those responding said speeding isn’t dangerous for experienced or “skilled” drivers. This sort of overconfidence is what creates hazards for all motorists. When you believe you are a better driver than most, you are more likely to speed, talk on the phone, and move in and out of traffic like a race car driver. This overconfidence could actually increase your risk of an accident rather than decrease it.

The survey also revealed that men admit to speeding more than women, and those with the least amount of experience (ages 16 to 20) are most likely to speed. Interestingly, this same age group is most likely to be involved in an auto accident.

The State of Speeding Around Atlanta: GA Car Wreck Lawyers

Speed is a problem in the Atlanta area. Whether you’re on the freeway or other roadways, it often seems like abiding by the speed limit is the exception to the rule.

Four years ago this month, the state passed the “Super Speeder” law, which increased fines for speeding. It allowed for an extra $200 to be tacked onto any ticket issued to a driver going 75 mph or more on a two-lane road or 85 mph on any road.

As of last year at this time, an estimated 230,000 tickets had been issued under the new law. But Georgia State Troopers said it wasn’t doing enough to curb speeders. They said speeding and speed-related accidents are still the number one problem facing Atlanta area drivers.

As one trooper said to My Fox Atlanta, drivers in Atlanta don’t believe that they’ll be the one involved in an accident. They are under the assumption that it won’t happen to them. In other words, overconfidence is leading them to speed no matter the potential financial consequences and no matter the risk of being involved in a serious crash.

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