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The dangers of speeding and reckless driving

On Behalf of | Sep 20, 2023 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

The roads people drive on daily in Toms River, NJ, can be treacherous. Speeding and reckless driving are among the leading causes of serious car accident injuries.

For example, speeding significantly reduces a driver’s reaction time, making it difficult for drivers to respond to sudden obstacles or changes in traffic. When accidents occur at high speeds, the force of impact is much greater, leading to more severe injuries.

Injury consequences

For more than 20 years, speeding has contributed to about a third of motor vehicle fatalities. Speeding and reckless driving can also cause severe injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and broken bones.

These injuries can have long-lasting physical and emotional effects. Victims may need extensive medical treatment, rehabilitation and long-term care, adding to their emotional and financial burdens.

Impact on innocent bystanders

Speeding and reckless driving often involve risky maneuvers that catch other drivers off guard. Reckless driving encompasses various dangerous behaviors, including aggressive driving, tailgating, weaving in and out of traffic and running red lights.

Similarly, at high speeds, a driver’s field of vision narrows. This tunnel vision effect makes it harder for drivers to notice objects, pedestrians or other vehicles entering their peripheral vision.

These actions not only put the speeding or reckless driver at risk but also jeopardize the safety of other drivers and road users. Innocent bystanders may find themselves in harm’s way when a reckless driver’s actions lead to a collision. Passengers, pedestrians and cyclists are particularly vulnerable to the consequences of dangerous driving, suffering injuries that can be life-changing or even fatal.