The National Safety Council (NSC) reports that in 2017, there were over 40,000 automotive fatalities in the U.S. and approximately 4.57 million people sought medical attention for car accident injuries. While there are various causes of car accidents, including distracted driving and drunk driving, many can be attributed to speeding. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), speeding is a contributing factor in over one-quarter of all fatal wrecks.
A recent American Automobile Association (AAA) report revealed that over half of the drivers surveyed have driven 15 miles over the speed limit and 18.8 percent did so regularly. Scientists analyzed over one million auto insurance applications from across the nation to identify the top 20 cities with the highest number of speeding violations. Clinton, South Carolina topped the list at number one with 23.64 percent of drivers having received a speeding ticket. There were also 381 speeding-related fatalities in South Carolina in 2016.
One does not have to be traveling at a high rate of speed to be at risk of sustaining serious injuries. Even exceeding the speed limit by five or ten miles per hour can have catastrophic consequences. Driving too fast during inclement weather or in poor road conditions are two other common causes of car accidents.
Speeding not only decreases one’s ability to react in time in the event of an unexpected occurrence, it also makes it more difficult for the vehicle to stop in time to avoid an accident. The higher the speed at which the vehicle is traveling, the more likely the driver and passengers are to suffer serious or fatal injuries. According to the NHTSA, when vehicles are going faster than 50 miles per hour, the force of a crash’s impact doubles with every 10 miles per hour.
Avoiding Speed-Related Accidents and Injuries
Speeding is the cause of many unnecessary fatalities each year. Although car accidents are often unavoidable, there are some ways to reduce your risk of getting in a speeding accident. The following are tips to avoid speed-related accidents and injuries:
- Leave yourself plenty of time to reach your destination: Drivers often speed when they are running late. Leave yourself plenty of time to reach your destination so you do not feel rushed.
- Drive defensively: Pay attention to what is going on around you. If you see someone speeding or driving recklessly, try to avoid them as much as possible.
- Wear a seat belt: Wearing a seat belt can save your life, especially if you are involved in a speeding accident. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), seat belt use among drivers and front-seat passengers reduced the risk of fatality by 45 percent and the risk of serious injury by 50 percent.
- Take precautions during inclement weather: Try to avoid driving in inclement weather, such as rain, snow, or fog. If you must drive, be sure to reduce your speed so that you will be able to react in time to avoid an accident.
Columbia Car Accident Lawyers at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. Represent Those Injured in Speeding Accidents
If you were injured in a speed-related car accident, contact the Columbia car accident lawyers at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. We will fight to hold the negligent party accountable for your injuries. For a free consultation, contact us online or call us at 866-881-8623 today.
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