Have you ever passed up that annoyingly slow driver only to discover that he or she was in fact driving the speed limit? Speeding has become so commonplace that it’s rare to find a driver sticking to the letter of the law.

While we understand that most drivers travel slightly over the speed limit, here are three good reasons to ease up a little on the gas pedal:

  1. Speed Leads to Error
    A driver traveling at a reasonable speed for a particular road can correctly navigate that road’s hidden curves and stop in time to obey any traffic signs. A person who is speeding down the highway or along a winding, rural road has little time to react or compensate for any minor error or loss of control.
  2. Speed Increases Injury
    It’s all about the physics: speed increases momentum, and more momentum means a harder impact. The harder the impact is, the more likely it is that serious injury is going to occur.
  3. Speed Denies Compensation
    Maryland’s unique status as a contributory state makes it harder for victims of a Maryland auto accident to receive compensation for their injuries. If you were speeding at the time of the accident, even if you did not cause the crash, the defense may argue that your speeding contributed to the crash, thereby robbing you of the compensation you so badly need.

When you’ve been the victim of a serious car accident, it can be disheartening to discover that your right to compensation is being threatened. For help on how to get back your rights, call a Silver Spring accident attorney at 800-875-9700.

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