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High Speeds Lead to Deadly Atlanta Car Crashes

Nearly one-third of all fatal Georgia car crashes occur because one of the drivers involved in the crash was speeding. In 2007, 13,040 Americans died in speed-related car wrecks. Speeding increases the likelihood of crashing and increases the severity of a accident once it occurs.
 
What is speeding?
 
Most people do not consider themselves to be speeding unless they are exceeding the posted speed limit.  However, the term speeding also refers to driving too fast for road conditions.  In fact, according to the National Highway Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), 45% of speed related accidents involve drivers who were driving within the speed limit, but too fast for road conditions.
 
Why is speeding so dangerous?
 
• Driving over the speed limit reduces the amount of available time needed to avoid a crash. 
• Speeding reduces a driver’s ability to safely steer around curves or objects in the road.
• Vehicles travelling at high speeds require longer stopping times.
• Vehicle safety mechanisms such as seat belts and road safety features such as airbags may not be as effective at high speeds.
• High speeds put greater force on both the vehicle and its occupants.
 
Who speeds?
 
• 39% of fatal high-speed accidents involving young male drivers are high-speed crashes.
• 42% of fatal alcohol–related accidents (BAC of .08 or higher) involve high speed.
• One-third of all motorcyclists involved in fatal crashes were speeding.  The percentage of speeding drivers in fatal crashes is about twice as high for motorcyclists as for drivers of passenger cars or light trucks
 
In 1996, several states raised their highway speed limits.  When this happened, motor vehicle fatalities went up about 15 percent on interstates in those states.
 
Speeding is reckless. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident caused by a high speed driver, you have rights.  You have the right to seek full compensation for your injuries, medical bills, property damage, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.  Atlanta car crash attorney Shane Smith works hard to protect those rights and get you the compensation you deserve. Contact The Law Offices of Shane Smith at 770-HURT-999 to schedule a free legal consultation.
 
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Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia