Excessive Speed on California Roadways

Speeding is becoming an increasingly important topic in Southern California and along the Central Coast. It seems like we’re seeing more one-car, run-off-the-road crashes where excessive speed is listed as a factor. Whether a person is endangering him or herself in a one-vehicle wreck or multiple other roadway users, excessive speed needs to be addressed on California roads.

Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) “Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine” campaign is aimed at raising awareness about the direct economic expenses related to speeding. Unfortunately, not everybody is motivated to stop speeding because of the crash data. Although the total societal costs of fatal crashes related to speeding are astronomical, it sometimes takes reminding people that speeding tickets are expensive! It can directly impact their pocketbooks.

U.S. Speeding Facts

• In 2012, 10,219 speeding-related fatalities occurred across the U.S.
• Speeding-related fatalities increased by 2 percent form 2011 to 2012.
• In 2012, speeding was a contributing factor in 30 percent of all fatal crashes.
• In 2012, 37 percent of 15 to 20-year-old and 37 percent of 21 to 24-year-old male drivers involved in fatal crashes were speeding.
• In 2012, 42 percent of all speeding driers had blood alcohol levels of .08 or higher.
• Only 12 percent of speeding-related fatalities occurred on Interstate highways in 2012.

Speeding in School Zones and Work Zones

Sure, everybody knows it’s important to follow the posted speed limits. After all, they are put there to keep the roadways safe, but what about school zones and work zones? Fines are often much higher in these areas, and with good reason. The danger to child pedestrians and roadway workers is incredibly high when drivers aren’t following posted speeds. In addition to following all posted signs and speeds, drivers need to remain vigilant and alert in these areas. Vulnerable pedestrians are nearby.

After a Crash Involving a Speeding Driver

After a crash involving a speeding driver, you need to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible to get the ball rolling on your case. Although you may be out of work and in the hospital, a skilled injury attorney can be your advocate during this difficult time. If a speeding driver has injured you or a loved one, contact the skilled team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. for a free case consultation today.

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