High-speed collisions played a role in approximately 30% of all fatal crashes in 2004 according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In high-speed collisions, a vehicle undergoes such force that its structure cannot possibly protect its passengers from serious injury. When you speed:
- The distance traveled after seeing an emergency and actually reacting to it increases.
- The distance needed to stop a vehicle is increased.
- The severity of a crash increases as the speed increases.
- An airbag and seatbelt are less effective when speeding is involved.
- For the innocent survivors of high-speed collisions, the physical and emotional recovery process can be horribly painful and unbelievably expensive.