If there is one thing everyone is taught when they first get behind the wheel, it is that ‘speed kills’. We are warned on the dangers of speeding and taught to remain within the speed limits set by the law. Many of us have seen pictures and even news reports of crashes resulting from speeding. Some of us even know people who have died in motor vehicle accidents caused by a driver who was speeding.
Given this information, you would think that speeding would be the furthest thing from our minds when we get behind a wheel. However, researchers at Purdue University beg to differ. According to their research, a good majority of drivers in the US have no qualms about going up to 20 mph above the speed limit. These drivers see no risk in speeding and therefore engage in it often.
What the Figures Say
A look at data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) tells a sad story. According to the NHTSA, 30% of fatal car accidents on US roads can be attributed to speeding. The national authority further states that over 10,000 people lose their lives in speed-related accidents annually.
The US economy loses more than $40 billion annually in recovering from speeding related accidents. This includes covering the costs of medical treatment for those injured in these accidents, fixing roadways, repairing vehicles and the loss of productivity due to injuries and death in the long term and short term.
Of all the figures released by the NHTSA, the most remarkable is that these accidents are 100% preventable. Simply obeying traffic laws and speed limits will save thousands of lives.
Who is Behind the Wheel?
According to the NHTSA, drunk drivers are most likely to engage in speeding compared to other motorists. This is because their judgment is impaired. Speeding in combination with the impairment of reaction times and coordination makes drunk drivers deadly on any road.
The second most likely group to engage in speeding is young male motorists. This group is prone to engage in aggressive driving. This combined with other negligent behavior such as distracted driving and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs makes them a deadly threat on the road.
Speeding often results in fatal accidents. Those who escape death often end up with injuries such as:
If you’re involved in a speed-related crash, you could face hefty fines and penalties in addition to time behind bars.
On the other hand, if you are injured by a driver who was speeding or otherwise violating the traffic laws, you may have a claim for damages. Please call us today to schedule your free consultation.