Car Accidents Caused by Speeding

Most people are aware of the fact that speeding is dangerous.  Unfortunately, many drivers still choose to drive over the speed limit on a daily basis.  One of the leading causes for injuries and fatalities in automobile accidents is speeding.  Statistics show that nearly one third of all auto accidents are related to speeding.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a crash is speeding related if the driver was charged for a speeding related offense, or if the police officer indicates that driving too fast for conditions, or in excess of the posted speed limit contributed to the crash.

In 2014, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that more than 9,000 deaths, or 28 percent of all fatal crashes, occurred in speed related crashes.  Many times people believe that speeding only occurs on the highways, although this is untrue.  Speeding occurs on all types of roads.  In fact, data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows that the percentage of crash deaths on minor roads which were speed related ranked higher (35%) than speed related crashes on the interstate (29%) and other major roads (25%).  Data also shows that 51% of all speeding related crash deaths in 2014 occurred at speed limits lower than 55 mph and 48% were at speeds faster than 55 mph.

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Reason Why People Speed

If drivers are aware of the fact that speeding is dangerous, “Why do they continue to speed?”  Some reasons which may cause a person to drive over the speed limit include:

  • Trying to get to an appointment
  • Distracted driving and not paying attention to their speed
  • Do not think that laws apply to them
  • Impatient and always in a hurry
  • Road rage or racing someone
  • Impaired driving or driving under the influence
  • They think they won’t get caught
  • Enjoy driving fast or showing off to friends

Whatever the reason may be, there is no excuse for driving over the speed limit.  Speed limits are in place due to the risks involved when driving too fast.  There are both maximum and minimum speed limits both of which are there for the safety of the driver and the drivers around them.  Each year thousands of people are injured or die in motor vehicle crashes due to speeding.  Many of these crashes could have been avoided if the drivers were driving at slower speeds.

Legal Help for Victims of Speed Related Crashes

If you have suffered injuries or lost a loved one due to an accident involving a driver who was speeding or driving too fast for conditions, it is important to consult with an attorney experienced with personal injury.  The attorneys at Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice and Purtz have over 5 decades of experience with personal injury cases.  We can handle the insurance companies and investigations while you concentrate on getting well.  Contact our office today to set up your appointment for a free consultation.