Getting a speeding ticket is one of the easiest ways to turn a good day into a bad one. Aside from the cost of the ticket itself, there’s the added hassle of going to court to resolve the matter.
Most drivers are tempted to exceed the speed limit at one time or another. According to a
study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), it is fairly common for drivers to engage in some speeding on any given trip. NHTSA also reports that speeding does not appear to be limited to any age group, to rural or high-speed roadways, or to any group defined by attitudes such as recklessness or risk-seeking.
Driving above the speed limit isn’t just bad for your wallet; it can also be extremely hazardous to your physical well-being. Speeding accidents are one of the most-cited causes of car accidents in the U.S.
Excess speed can cause a driver to lose control in a turn or when making another maneuver. It also reduces the time a driver has to react to changes in traffic or unexpected emergencies.
Speeding is more than just exceeding the posted speed limit. For example, weather conditions – such as rain, snow, sleet, ice or fog – could make driving at the posted speed limit dangerous. Other factors that could affect the safe speed of travel are road conditions and events such as traffic accidents or road construction that significantly reduce the flow of traffic. A driver who does not reduce vehicle speed to adapt to conditions is putting him or herself at risk, as well as other motorists.
Speeding Accidents Statistics
In 2014, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety IIHS reported that speeding was a factor in 28 percent of motor vehicle crash deaths. Speeding has been a factor in about 30 percent of crash deaths since 2005. Speeding was defined to include crashes in which the driver was issued a traffic citation for speeding or in which driver-related factors included driving too fast for conditions, racing or exceeding the posted speed limit.
Young men are most often behind the wheel when a speeding-related accident results in a traffic death. In 2011, 39% of male drivers aged 15 to 20 and 37% of those aged 21 to 24 involved in fatal crashes were speeding at the time the accident occurred.
Seniors have the lowest incidence of fatal speeding-related accidents. Among the 55 to 64 crowd, men were involved 14% of fatal crashes that occurred in 2011, compared to 7% for women.
If you have suffered injuries or lost a loved one in an accident caused by a driver who was speeding or driving too fast for conditions, it is important to consult with our Shreveport personal injury lawyers at the Law Firm of L. Clayton Burgess as soon as possible. Before you talk to insurance adjusters or sign anything, talk to our Louisiana personal injury lawyers. We offer free initial consultations, so you can ask all of your questions and get the help you need.