Realistic speed limits are a traffic engineering tool used to derive the best traffic service for a given set of roadway conditions. Studies have shown that driving behavior is an extension of social attitude, and the majority of drivers respond in a safe and reasonable manner as demonstrated by their consistently favorable driving records.

However this is not always the case and an innocent driver and passengers were injured when a speeding car crossed the median and crashed head-on into their car. The two drivers, along with passengers, were taken to Mission Hospital with injuries following the wreck Sunday afternoon.

The at-fault driver lost control of her vehicle after making a left turn from Leicester Highway onto Old County Home Road, according to Asheville Police. She crossed the center line and hit the other vehicle, police said.  The five people were hurt in the two-vehicle accident Sunday afternoon on Old County Home Road in Asheville, North Carolina (NC) were released from the hospital Sunday.

I hope that the passengers as well as the driver that were struck head-on quickly recover from their injuries.  Starting the New Year injured with insurance adjusters calling for statements is probably not how they imagined 2011 would begin.

Getting somewhere a few minutes quicker is not worth the risk of injuring or killing someone.  So when making a left hand turn drivers should yield when appropriate even if this means waiting a little bit longer.

Speeding is known as a multi-tiered threat because not only does it decrease the amount of time necessary to avoid a crash, additionally , it increases the risk of crashing as well as makes the crash more severe in the event that it does occur. In fact, based on the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), whenever speed increases from 40 mph to 60 mph, the actual energy released from a crash more than doubles. Simply slowing down and obeying posted speed limits go a long way toward making our highways less dangerous.