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Speeding is far more dangerous than you thought

When is the last time you went out for a drive and didn't break the speed limit? For many people, it's hard to remember. They break it, however mildly, every time they drive.

It's not as if everyone is flying around at 90 miles per hour, but people frequently drive five MPH over the limit at least. In some areas, it's even more. When an empty street has a 25 MPH limit for no clear reason, it's easy to find people going 35 or 40.

Part of the reason speeding continues to be a problem is that people just think of the fines. They don't think of other ramifications, like increased car accident risks.

However, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration points out that thousands of people get injured every year in accidents that are linked to excessive speed. In 2015, 9,557 people died in these accidents.

Say a plane carries 200 people. It would take 48 plane crashes in one calendar year to kill the same amount of people as speeding did in 2015. Obviously, that would never happen. People would be up in arms. No one would fly, and everyone would demand massive changes to the air traffic system.

However, people keep on driving. After all, accidents just take one or two lives at a time in most cases. It's easy enough to imagine that the next casualty won't be you. Each wreck doesn't make the headlines like a plane crash, so people honestly don't know the danger that they face every single day.

Now that you do, make sure you also know what legal options you have if you're injured by a speeding driver.

Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, "Speeding," accessed Feb. 28, 2018

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