Speed is a Major Cause of Deadly Car Accidents
Although speeding hardly gets the press and stigmatization that texting while driving does, it’s an extremely dangerous habit. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), speeding was a factor in 27 percent of crash fatalities in 2016. Even with enhanced enforcement efforts by many law enforcement agencies in California and across the nation, speeding remains a dangerous problem on U.S. roadways. The NHTSA is currently trying to raise awareness about the danger and expenses associated with speeding and other types of aggressive driving.
Speeding by The Numbers
- In 2016, 10,111 people were killed in crashes where at least one driver was speeding.
- The number of speeding-related fatalities increased by four percent from 2015 to 2016.
- In fatal crashes in 2016, half of speeding drivers were unrestrained at the time of the crash.
- In 2016, 32 percent of 15 to 20-year-old male drivers involved in fatal crashes were speeding, the highest of any age group.
- 33 percent of motorcycle riders involved in fatal crashes were speeding in 2016.
- In 2016, 37 percent of all speeding drivers in fatal crashes were also alcohol-impaired, compared with 15 percent of the non-speeding driver involved in fatal crashes.
Speeding More Expensive Than a Fine
Costly medical bills can make a speeding ticket look pretty cheap by comparison. Tickets aren’t the only expense to consider where speeding is concerned. If you get injured or if another person is injured or killed, the medical bills and other monetary damages associated with the crash can be astronomical. The NHTSA is urging drivers to slow down. Save yourself the cost of a ticket. Save yourself the potential danger of a preventable crash.
Car Crashes Involving Speeding Drivers
When drivers get behind the wheel and make the choice to speed, they’re putting their own lives and the lives of others at great risk for injury causing and potentially fatal crashes. Speeding and other forms of aggressive driving make the road a dangerous place for safe drivers. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident involving a speeding driver in San Diego or anywhere along the Central Coast, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.