Velocitization is an unfamiliar term for most people, but it happens all the time and can be extremely dangerous. Simply put, velocitization is the tendency for drivers in Georgia and around the country to operate vehicles at increased speed without being aware of the acceleration. Unfortunately, if you have ever driven a vehicle, you have likely been guilty of velocitization.
What causes velocitization?
There are many reasons why velocitization happens. If you are driving a route that you commonly travel, the familiarity could make it easier for you to drive faster and not notice it. Most roads are smoother, wider and easier to drive on than ever, and new technology can make it seem like your car is traveling at 55 mph when you are actually driving 65 mph.
Operating a vehicle when you are tired or stressed can also make it easier for you to unknowingly drive faster. Fatigue can cause you to zone out and not pay attention to your speed, and stress can bring about distracted driving.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, speeding has played a part in one-third of all vehicle fatalities for the last two decades. In addition to increased speeds, velocitization can cause you to become unaware of traffic signs and signals, which could cause an accident.
Fortunately, there are steps you can take to make sure you don’t become a victim of velocitization and endanger your own life and those around you. It is important to:
- Make sure you get enough rest before you drive to help you stay alert and oriented.
- Be mindful while you are driving and periodically check your speedometer.
- Avoid driving when you are overly upset or emotional.
If you were injured in a motor vehicle accident where the other driver was speeding, your life could change dramatically. You could be facing mounting medical bills, lost wages from work and new physical limitations.
Consulting an experienced personal injury attorney about protecting your rights as an accident victim might make all the difference in your future. An attorney may provide guidance to help you get the financial compensation you deserve.