Most Alpharetta area residents understand the importance of driving safely. Speeding is one situation that can become serious quickly. Many people are seriously injured or killed in car accidents caused by speeding. Drivers need to be aware of speeding and how dangerous it can be.
Speeding is a factor in nearly 10,000 fatal crashes in the U.S. each year. Speeding is also easily preventable. Despite drivers knowing that speeding is dangerous, many continue to speed on our roads and interstates, endangering everyone they meet.
So how bad is speeding?
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were over 9,300 people killed because of speeding.Young male drivers are statistically more probable to have fatal speeding accidents. Thirty-six percent of fatal accidents with drivers age 15-20 involve speeding.
Many times drivers drive too fast in inclement weather conditions with 18 percent of fatal speeding accidents in dry weather and 40 percent happening in while roads are frosty or icy. A crash risk increases incrementally for every mile per hour a person is driving over the speed limit. Over 40% of speeding drivers have alcohol in their system.
When a driver engages in speeding, there are several dangerous things that can occur:
- Losing control of vehicle
- Reducing driver’s reaction time
- Increasing amount of distance needed to safely stop the car
- Reducing effectiveness of vehicle’s safety features
- Increasing severity of car accident
If a person has been seriously injured or killed in a car accident, they may want to speak with a legal professional who is skilled in car accidents. An attorney can help their client understand what happened to cause the accident and who is at fault. They can seek justice for their client and compensation may be available for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other damages.