Understanding the Cost and Consequences of Speeding
Speed limits are designed to keep drivers, pedestrians, cyclists, and other road users safe. Unfortunately, neither safety nor consequence may deter some drivers from speeding. For some, the risks are not relevant. For others, the means justifies the decision. In all cases, there are costs and consequences. This remains true, even if the driver is never caught driving over the speed limit. Yet those who do get caught are often the ones who stand to lose the most. The following explains.
General and Daily Consequences of Speeding
The average speeding driver is unlikely to get caught the first time they speed. They may not even be ticketed after they have sped 100 times. Yet, all the while, they are paying extra for gas. In fact, the Department of Energy says speeding drives may increase their vehicle’s gas mileage by as much as 33 percent on the highway and 5 percent while driving in town. That means more trips to the pumps, which also means less cash throughout the week. Speeding also negatively affects the environment.
Getting Ticketed for Speeding
Speeders tend to get caught eventually. They might be pulled over by a police officer and ticketed for their behavior, which may not seem like much, but frequent speeding tickets can result in additional consequences. Excessive or extreme speeding may even result in an arrest and criminal charges for reckless driving or aggravated speeding.
When Speeding Causes an Accident
If excessive speed leads to the personal injury or death of another road user, the speeder may face a number of consequences, including criminal charges. In some instances, the driver may even lose their license (i.e. if speeding while intoxicated). The speeding driver could also be held legally responsible for any injuries or losses experienced by the victim, and they are likely to experience an increase to their auto insurance premiums.
Mitigating Some of the Consequences
The easiest and most obvious way to avoid the consequences of speeding is to simply not speed. Unfortunately, this is a lesson often learned too little too late. If this is the case for you or someone you love, and you are facing a traffic ticket, possible suspension of your license, or criminal charges, an experienced attorney may be able to help mitigate at least some of the consequences.
Contact Our Lombard Criminal Defense Attorneys
At Aldrich & Siedlarz Law, P.C., we aggressively protect the rights and best interests of our English and Polish-speaking clients. Experienced in handling all manner of traffic cases, including those pertaining to speeding and DUIs, our Lombard criminal defense lawyers offer personalized consultations to meet your needs. Schedule yours by calling 630-953-3000 today.