Speeding kills approximately 94 people every year in British Columbia, according to ICBC. Speeding remains a leading cause of auto accidents, and many more people are seriously injured in these crashes every year.
Although we all have days in which we are running late or trying to make sure all of the day's errands are completed, it is important to be realistic about our schedules. It may be tempting to speed, but it is not worth the risk of getting in an accident that could harm you and others with whom you share the road.
Consider these aspects of speeding:
- There is less time to react at faster speeds
- It takes more time for your car to slow down and come to a stop when traveling at high speeds
- In the event of a crash, the impact is much harder and does much more damage as speed of travel increases
Here are a few tips for preventing the risk of an accident caused by speeding:
- Always seek to maintain at least a 2-second following distance from the vehicle in front of you
- Increase your following distance to at least 3 seconds on highways
- Do everything you can to build enough time into your schedule, so that you are not tempted to speed in order to make up time
- Slow down in bad weather and when the roads are wet
Speeding is a hazardous driving behavior, but we can all do our part to prevent accidents by not speeding.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident caused by speeding in Vancouver or the surrounding areas, please call the law firm of Stephens & Holman at 604-730-4120.