We’re likely all guilty of speeding at one time or another. While we all know that speeding is dangerous and that speed limits are put in place for a reason, many people continue to drive well over the speed limit. Why is this?

A lot of people believe that speeding will save them time and get them to their destination much faster; however, this is not true. In fact, there is a studied phenomenon related to this belief referred to as the time-saving bias, which predicts that when increasing speed from a relatively low speed to a slightly faster speed, we actually underestimate how much time we will save. In contrast, we overestimate how much time we will save by increasing speed from an already high speed to a faster speed.

How Much Time Do You Actually Save by Speeding?

The average driver only saves about 26 seconds of time per day by speeding. 

In fact, the faster you drive, the less time you save.

For example, increasing your speed from 40 mph to 50 mph saves an average of 3 minutes, but going from 80 mph to 90 mph saves less than 1 minute. 

**We do not recommend driving in excess of the posted speed limit at any time or driving faster than is safe for conditions.**

The Risks of Speeding in South Carolina

Speeding can result in serious consequences to you, the people in your car, and everyone else on the road.

Studies have proven time and time again that speeding increases the risk of being involved in an accident. In addition, increased speed can directly impact the severity of injuries an accident can have on those involved. As personal injury attorneys who see the detrimental effects serious accidents have on victims and their loved ones, we hope this knowledge alone makes people reconsider pushing harder on the gas.

In addition to knowing that speeding increases the risk of accidents and serious injuries, South Carolina has strict laws to enforce speed limits and hopefully discourage people from speeding. 

Let’s take a look at how driving points are calculated in speeding tickets:

  • Speeding 25+ mph over the speed limit [Classified as Reckless Driving] = 6 Points
  • Speeding between 10 mph and 25 mph = 4 Points
  • Speeding 10 mph or less = 2 Points

In addition to points on your license, you may also receive points for other traffic offenses typically associated with speeding, such as:

  • Following Too Closely = 4 Points
  • Passing Unlawfully = 4 Points
  • Failing to Give a Signal When Stopping, Turning, or Decreasing Speed = 4 Points
  • Driving on the Wrong Side of the Road = 4 Points
  • Shifting Lanes Without Safety Precaution = 2 Points
  • Driving in Improper Lane = 2 Points

If a driver accumulates 12-15 points, their license will be suspended for 3 months.
If a driver accumulates 16-17 points, their license will be suspended for 4 months.
If a driver accumulates 18-19 points, their license will be suspended for 5 months.
If a driver accumulates 20 or more points, their license will be suspended for 6 months.

How Are Speed Limits Determined?

Speed limits are determined using the “85th percentile” method. It is understood that about 85% of all drivers will travel at a reasonably safe speed based on the conditions they encounter. Traffic engineers measure the speed of hundreds of vehicles at various points along the roadway to determine a reasonable and safe speed limit for the road and/or portion of that road.

Speed limits are put in place to reduce risk and enhance your safety, as well as the safety of those sharing the road.

Speed limits are designed to represent the maximum speed you should drive under good conditions. When conditions are poor, it is recommended to drive below the speed limit, such as when there is heavy traffic on the road or poor weather conditions are present such as heavy fog or rain.

South Carolina Speeding Statistics

Speeding is consistently a top 5 leading cause of all car accidents, along with distracted driving, drunk or intoxicated driving, poor weather conditions, reckless driving and road rage.

According to Forbes, South Carolina tops the list of states in the US with the most speeding fatalities, with close to half of all deadly accidents resulting from excessive speed

South Carolina has almost twice as many fatalities attributed to speeding than Florida.

Cavanaugh & Thickens Car Accident Lawyers Offer Complimentary Case Reviews

If you or a loved one has been injured or lost their life in an accident caused by a speeding driver, we are so sorry. We understand that car accidents can lead to a lot of anxiety, from how to pay your mounting bills associated with the accident to fear of getting back on the road. 

With over 60 years of combined experience representing serious car accident cases, we understand how you may be feeling right now and are ready to help you heal and give you hope for the future ahead. Get what you’re owed. Contact our office today to schedule your free case evaluation at (803) 888-2200.