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Traffic Safety Facts: Speeding

Speeding is one the most common traffic offenses, and also can be one of the most dangerous. Each year, thousands of lives are lost due to speeding, yet it is still something the majority of drivers engage in. Common reasons people speed include:

  • They are running late
  • They are not paying attention to the speed limit
  • They do not expect to get caught
  • They do not take traffic laws seriously
  • They do not consider their behavior dangerous

The faster a car is going the more damage it can cause in an impact; as a result, accidents that occur due to speeding often cause serious injury or even death.  Speeding is one of the most common factors that lead to traffic accidents, and the cost of speeding is high, both in terms of money spent and human lives and suffering. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration published the following facts regarding speeding:

  • The annual economic cost of speeding is $40.4 billion
  • In 2010, speeding was a factor in 31 percent of all fatal crashes
  • Speeding related accidents cost 10,395 people their lives
  • Fatalities due to speeding dropped by 3 percent from 2009 to 2010

Speeding often goes hand in hand with other types of risky driving behaviors. The NHSTA reports that alcohol is prevalent in drivers who are involved in crashes that also involve speeding. For example, in 2010 42 percent of drivers in fatal crashes who were speeding also had a blood alcohol concentration of .08 grams per deciliter or higher, compared to only 16 percent of non-speeding drivers involved in fatal crashes.

Strategies to reduce speeding

States and municipalities are actively trying to eradicate speeding, through traditional methods such as increased police presence and newer methods such installing automated cameras that identify speeders. There is evidence to indicate that such automated enforcement reduces speeding as well as traffic accidents. On the other hand, there is very vocal criticism of the practice and automated ticketing has been the subject of legal challenges around the country.

Contact an experienced Fayette County car accident attorney for a consultation

If you have been involved in a traffic accident that involved a speeding driver, you may be entitled to substantial compensation. To determine whether you have a claim, you should have your case reviewed by a Fayette County car accident lawyer as soon as possible. To schedule a free consultation with an auto accident attorney, contact The Law Offices of Shane Smith today at (770) 484-8900.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia