We’ve all heard the Washington State Patrol say, “Speed kills.” This is not just a slogan; car accident statistics bears out the truth of this adage.
While distracted driving and driving under the influence gets a lot of attention in the media, speeding is one of the leading factors contributing to serious and fatal car accidents.
In Washington state in 2012, of the 437 people killed in motor vehicle accidents, in 159 of those cases, speed was a contributing factor. Nationwide, speeding is a factor in one of three fatal traffic accidents.
Speeding increases the chance that a simple fender bender accident will result in serious injuries or even fatalities.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently published 2011 National Survey of Speeding Attitudes and Behaviors and found, to no surprise, that speeders tend to be younger drivers. The survey found that among drivers ages 16 to 20 years of age, 50% were categorized as speeders.
The NHTSA survey also cited the number one reason people gave for speeding is that they were “running late” to an appointment such as school or work.
While 91% of the respondents in the survey agreed that “Everyone should obey the speed limits because it’s the law,” 25% of the respondents admitted to speeding “without thinking.”
Remember when you get behind the wheel to give yourself extra time to get where you are going and resist the urge to speed.
This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents and the family of those who have died.
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