Everyone knows you shouldn’t speed, but the fact is, people do. Whether it’s “just a little over the limit” or 25 miles per hour over the limit, speeding happens every day. This contributes to unsafe road conditions and the potential for accidents involving one or more vehicles
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a crash is speeding-related if the driver was charged with an offense related to speeding or if an officer indicated that racing or other activities involving driving too fast for conditions were a contributing factor in the accident.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident with a speeding and negligent driver, the first thing to do is to make sure everyone involved receives proper medical care. Once this happens, you should contact the skilled Louisiana accident attorneys of the Chris J. Roy, Jr. Law Firm. Let us know about your case and we’ll set you up with a free consultation. There’s no obligation, and we’ll let you know what your options are, as well as whether your case has a good chance of winning or settling.
Facts About Speeding
On average, speeding is a factor in approximately one in three motor vehicle deaths. In 2016, speeding was a factor in 27 percent of all fatal accidents. That’s down slightly from the figure in 2007, in which speeding contributed to 31 percent of all crashes that ended in death.
Young people and men are far more likely than older people and women to be involved in a fatal speeding-related accident. Out of male drivers aged 15 to 24 who were involved in a fatal accident in 2007, nearly 40 percent were later found to have been speeding at the time of the crash.
Alcohol use is another factor that combines with speed to make a recipe for fatal accidents. Drivers who speed are more likely to end up in fatal accidents, and drunk drivers are also more likely to end up in fatal accidents. When you combine the two, the results can be deadly.
The Costs of Speeding
The economic costs of speeding can be genuinely staggering. In 2000, the estimated cost of speeding-related accidents nationwide was $40.4 billion—which works out to $76,865 per minute, or $1,281 per second.
Beyond the economic costs, however, there are the far more significant human costs. In 2007, as many as 13,040 people lost their lives in speeding-related crashes in the United States.
Speeding is the cause of horrific accidents and loss of life in every part of the United States. Yet speeding is a preventable cause of accidents, one that can be eliminated by simply following the rules of the road and being sure to drive safely. There is no reason so many people need to die in these accidents.
Why People Choose to Speed
If people know that speeding has the potential to cause them serious harm, why do they do it in the first place? As we all know, there are many reasons for this behavior, some more understandable than others. But no matter how understandable the reason may be, it’s not worth taking the risks involved with speeding. Here are some of the most common reasons for speeding:
In congested traffic, drivers are more likely to break the rules of the road and start speeding if they get the chance. Aggressive driving is most common when traffic is heavy.
People who are running late are more likely than others to start speeding. This is a risky decision that can end in grave consequences.
People protected in their own little world inside a vehicle feel separate from the rest of the world. This sense of detachment can contribute to a desire to speed.
Disregard for Others
Some habitual speeders simply don’t care that they put others at risk through their risky driving behaviors. Most drivers don’t speed on a regular basis, but sadly some do.
Louisiana Car Accident Lawyer
The Chris J. Roy, Jr. Law Firm, operating out of offices in Alexandria, Louisiana, has been proud to serve their community for nearly 30 years. They have the resources to handle the large cases but the integrity to treat clients like the individuals they are. With the knowledge and experience in a variety of cases to give you your best chance in the courtroom, the Chris J. Roy, Jr. Law Firm can help you with all your auto accident needs. For answers to your questions or to set up a consultation, contact us online or call us today.
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