Why do people speed so often?

Almost everyone who has ever driven a car has likely broken the speed limit. We know it's wrong, but it seems like everyone does it.

If you think it's just a minor issue and that the worst thing that can happen is that you will get a speeding ticket, think again. The reality is that 27 percent of deadly accidents can be traced back to speeding, at least in part. Reports show that, in 2016, that meant that 10,111 people died in crashes where speeding was cited.

With 10,000 people dying every year, it is clear this isn't a minor issue. So why do people do it?

One of the most common reasons is simply that they are running late. American culture really values being on time or even early. People stick to their schedules ruthlessly. If you know you're going to be late for work if you go 55 mph, are you going to push it to 70?

Another reason is traffic congestion. In high-traffic areas, cars sometimes slow almost to a stop, especially at rush hour. In the summer, construction zones make things even slower.

Again, since people are so committed to their schedules, many have planned their days with just enough time to make the drive. When something slows them down, they'll often speed to make up lost time. As soon as they get out of that traffic jam or construction zone, they put the pedal to the floor.

It may feel harmless, but speeding is deadly. If a loved one is killed by a reckless, negligent driver, make sure you fully understand the legal options you have.

Source: NHTSA, "Speeding," accessed May 31, 2018

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