One of the most common causes of road accidents is driver negligence. Driving under the influence (DUI), not following traffic rules and regulations, and driving while asleep or in a poor health condition are just some examples of driver negligence. Accidents caused by these are preventable, and therefore it is our responsibility as road users to exercise caution while on the road to promote not only our safety, but the safety of everyone else.
In the United Kingdom, around 1,200 deaths and 20,000 serious injuries are a result of speeding cars each year. That’s a lot of lives wasted because of disobeying one of the simplest traffic rules: driving under the speed limit. Rules were created to safeguard the life and health of every road user, and it is unjust that a person’s life is lost because of this. People should be more conscientious especially when driving.
It is proven that the faster the car, the greater chance it will be involved in an accident. Not only is the car harder to stop when the speed is higher, the impact that the car and the thing (or vehicle or person) it will hit will be greater and thus more life-threatening. Unfortunately, at one point in their lives, drivers had admitted to over speeding, with 3 out of 4 drivers doing it regularly.
The following are some common results from speeding accidents:
Whiplash. This occurs as the force of the collision makes an individual’s head to suddenly stretch to its limit as it is thrown in all directions. The neck’s muscles, ligaments and nerves would be then damaged which would cause pain, headache and sensory disturbance all throughout the body, and in severe cases, paralysis.
Spinal cord injury. In conjunction to whiplash, which damages the neck area, spinal cord injuries can also occur as a result of accidents with a speeding vehicle. The force during a collision will also cause not just the head, but also the body to be thrown in different directions, making the spinal cord stretch or twist. This can cause paralysis of the limbs and loss of sensation over the lower part of the body, depending on which part of the spine was affected.
Head injuries. The head will be subject to a lot of bumping with other objects inside or outside the car, depending on how the car was thrown around during the collision. If the head comes into forceful collision with something hard, it may crack the skull and cause an increase of pressure in the cranial cavity. This is one of the most dangerous effects of the collision, as the victim may go into coma or a debilitating condition. Memory loss, and sensory, personality and mood changes can result.
Death. Loss of life is not unusual in speeding accidents. As the body is thrown around, there would be a lot of factors that can determine life or death to the victim. If not death, then a permanent condition will be a constant reminder of the fatal accident that occurred.
Accidents caused by speeding cars can be avoided if everyone would just calm down and slow down. Plan your trip ahead. Know when, where and how long it would take you to get to your destination in order for you to properly time your journey. Allot a grace period of half an hour to make way for traffic conditions. If you leave late, you should stand up for your tardiness and not jeopardize the safety of other people by speeding. Strictly follow traffic rules and regulations especially on speed limits. Different vehicles, such as cars, motorcycles and trucks each have different speed limitations, which the public should be knowledgeable about. Report anyone who is over speeding to prevent that driver from harming anyone. All of us should be pro-active in making sure reporting these things to the authorities.