So why does speeding remain commonplace? The NHTSA describes speeding as a type of aggressive driving behavior, and links its rise and prominence in the US to the following:
- Traffic congestion: Traffic is a frequently used excuse by anyone who speeds. We all have busy schedules and many of us commute long distances. When traffic is thrown into this mix, drivers may feel pressured to speed in an attempt to make up time.
- Running late: Many Americans have busy lives. We try to fit as much as possible into our days in order to meet the needs of our families and ourselves. Unfortunately, the result of a busy schedule can be a tendency to speed while you drive.
- Anonymity: Safely inside a car, a driver feels less involved in what is happening on the road. Inside a vehicle, a driver may feel less personally accountable for speeding because other drivers on the road don’t know or recognize you.
- General disregard for others: There are simply more people on the road these days, and the anonymity of driving in busy traffic may result in a lack of personal regard for people sharing the road with you.
Many people are safe, responsible drivers. But even the most careful drivers may drive aggressively from time to time. If you or a loved one was injured in an auto accident in South Bay or the surrounding areas of California, and if you want to find out if you have a case to pursue compensation, please call the experienced accident lawyers at Kirtland & Packard for a free case review, at 310-536-1000.