Excessive speed is a contributing factor in many serious and even fatal car accidents in the United States. In fact, speeding played a role in approximately 27% of fatal motor vehicle crashes in 2015 alone and has been a factor in more than a quarter of fatal accidents since 2005, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI).
Because speeding can cause severe property damage, injuries, and death, recent legislative proposals to raise the speed limit in states across the nation have left traffic safety experts concerned. The National Safety Council (NSC) even asserted on its Safety First blog that legislation that raises the speed limit will also raise the accident-related death toll.
Relevant research may support this bold claim. A 2016 IIHS study determined that speed limit increases in the past two decades resulted in an additional 33,000 traffic accident-related fatalities. In 2013, nearly 2,000 additional deaths were attributed to speed limit increases.
When states raise speed limits, it effectively undoes strides made in other areas of traffic safety. For example, the 2,000 additional speed limit increase deaths in 2013 were just enough to cancel out the lives saved by frontal airbags.
There's no question that the results of excessive speed can be devastating. According to the NSC, speeding presents a four-pronged problem:
- It limits a driver's reaction time
- It makes it more difficult for drivers to correct the vehicle's path
- It results in greater impact and injuries in the event of an accident
- It makes bad driving behaviors such as distracted driving and drunk driving even more dangerous
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If you were injured in an accident caused by a driver who was speeding, you may be eligible to seek compensation for damages, including medical bills, property damage, and lost wages. Contact Holton Law today to schedule a free initial case analysis.