Speeding can play a significant role in causing an accident to occur. Furthermore, it may also increase the severity of an accident that takes place on a Minnesota highway. Let’s take a closer look at the reasons why driving faster than the posted speed limit may increase your risk of a crash as well as potentially increase its severity.
Why driving too fast may result in an accident
The faster you travel, the longer it will take for your vehicle to slow down. Therefore, you will need more room to come to a stop without colliding with another vehicle. Furthermore, it can be harder to control your vehicle if you are driving at a speed that isn’t safe for road conditions. Ultimately, it may be difficult or impossible to come to a full stop even if you realize that traffic is slowing or stopping in front of you.
What is the relationship between speed and crash severity?
The amount of energy that is released by a vehicle at the moment of impact goes up as your rate of speed goes up. If you tap another vehicle while backing out of a parking spot, it’s unlikely that you’ll cause a lot of damage. However, if you’re traveling at highway speeds when a motor vehicle accident occurs, there is a stronger possibility that it will result in property damage, serious injuries or deaths.
Your car may not be able to handle high rates of speed
Even if your car is properly maintained, it may experience malfunctions that could increase your risk of a crash. For example, tires are generally not designed to withstand speeds greater than 70 miles per hour. You may also experience brake, engine or other problems if you consistently drive at a high rate of speed.