This week, a study published in Australia reported that one-third of all Australian drivers speed. This may also be true in the United States. In fact, the majority of Americans admit to speeding while driving. But despite common acceptance, speeding is a dangerous driving behavior.
According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), excess speed is a factor in about one out of three fatal crashes and is the third leading contributing factor to traffic crashes. More than 13,000 lives are lost each year because drivers are speeding and speed-related crashes cost American about $40 billion each year.
The NHTSA defines a crash as speeding-related if any of the following are true:
1. The driver was charged with a speeding-related offense
2. The police report indicates that racing, driving too fast for conditions, or exceeding the posted speed limit was a factor that contributed to the crash.
Speeding is often a problem in work zones and school zones where speed limits are lower than in the surrounding area. Speed contributes to more than one-quarter of fatal crashes in construction and road maintenance zones. There are no statistics available for school zone crashes.
Why do people speed?
- They feel stressed.
- They are in a hurry.
- They are not paying attention to the speed limit or to their driving
- They don't expect to get caught
- They don't believe speeding is dangerous.
- They don't believe the law applies to them.
Young men (age 15-20) are more likely to speed than other drivers. Speeding is also more likely to occur when a driver is impaired by alcohol. In fact, a recent American study has found that even a driver with a low .01 BAC level is significantly more likely to speed than a driver who has not been drinking. These crashes are also more likely to be fatal because drivers who have been drinking are less likely to wear seat belts. High speeds, alcohol impairment and lack of seat belts can be a fatal combination.
You may think that speeding is only a problem on Atlanta's busy highways, but NHTSA's traffic fatality data indicates that almost half of fatal speed-related crashes occur on roads with a posted speed limit of 50 mph or less. More than one-fifth of fatal speed-related crashes occur on roads with a speed limit of 35 mph or less.
Have you lost a loved one to a driver who was speeding? Victims of high-speed Georgia crashes have rights and you may be entitled to monetary compensation for your loss. An Atlanta car crash attorney can help. To learn more or to get started on your claim, contact the Law Offices of Shane Smith to schedule a free legal consultation.
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