Speeding Costs More than the Price of a Ticket: It takes Lives
According to a 2014 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Report, a total of 32,719 people died in motor vehicle crashes in 2013. Contributing to the car wreck related death toll is alcohol and speeding. Most recent estimates of the annual economic cost of these crashes was $277 billion dollars.
Contrary to what one might think, the percentage of crash deaths involving speeding was higher on minor roads (35%) than on interstates and freeways (30%) or on other major roads (26%) according to the 2013 NHTSA report. Between inattention, lots of people making random movements, going in and out of driveways and turning to/from side streets and lights and stop signs there are lots of chances for mistakes. On average about 20 percent of motor vehicle crash deaths result from a vehicle leaving the roadway and hitting a fixed object alongside the road. With trees, utility poles, and traffic barriers as the most common objects struck.
As you might surmise, the frequency of car wrecks increases during heavy traffic times, such as when people are traveling home from work. The other high incidence time is after the sun goes down. In fact, the statistics show 32 percent of crash deaths occur between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Always remember to drive safely within the posted speed limit and adjust your speed for road conditions that may affect your safe travel. Slowing down and arriving at your destination just a few minutes later than you would like, may save your life.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car wreck because of the negligence of a speeding driver, we are prepared to help you. You can give us a call at 316-265-6000 or contact us online. We will handle your case with compassion and diligence and obtain the compensation you deserve.