Why We Speed: The Top Three Reasons
People have been speeding since the automobile was invented. Despite speed limits and costly tickets that increase insurance premiums, most people would admit to speeding at one time or another. While the reasons for speeding generally include running late, missing an appointment or just plain carelessness, the reality is that speeding contributes to over 30% of all traffic fatalities in the United States.
Speeding Contributes To Over 30% Of All Traffic Fatalities In US
Although most people who speed know that they shouldn’t, the issue is still rather an epidemic. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 32,367 traffic fatalities in the United States in 2011. Nearly a third of them, 9,944, involved speeding as a contributing factor.
In Kentucky alone, there were 721 traffic fatalities in 2011. Of those, 141 (or 20%) of those involved speeding.
it’s important to look at why we speed in the first place.
According to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) Survey of the States: Speeding & Aggressive Driving, the three main reasons why speeding accidents continue to be such a large percentage of accidents as a whole include:
- Apathy. The public’s general perception regarding speeding is somewhat apathetic. In today’s fast paced world, people are in a rush and want to get to where they are going in a hurry. They are more willing to “take the chance” of getting a speeding ticket. Smart? No. Reality? Yes. Some states are actually seeking to increase speed limits.
- Mixed Messages. Police use speed enforcement tools such as radar and laser detection devices to identify speeders. However, most states also allow drivers to use the very same technology – only in reverse – to detect police enforcement tools. It’s easy to see how many drivers are simply getting mixed messages on the issue.
- Lack Of Automated Technology. Although automated technology such as red light cameras and automated speed enforcement cameras are successfully used around the world to enforce speed limits, the ideas simply haven’t caught on as quickly in the United States. Kentucky does not have a state law regarding red light cameras or speed cameras.
Regardless of why and when we speed, most people simply don’t recognize the consequences of speeding until a serious accident occurs.
The Very Real Consequences Of Speeding & Getting The Compensation You Deserve
As the statistics above show, speeding results in thousands of deaths every year. However, it also contributes to hundreds of thousands of other accidents that result in serious injuries including traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, neck and back injury and much more.
When you’re injured in a car accident due to another driver’s negligence – such as speeding – you may be entitled to losses including:
- A reduction in income or a permanent loss of income due to injuries or death
- Anxiety and emotional distress
- Compensation for loss of companionship
- Pain and suffering
- Past and future medical bills and costs or medical costs incurred prior to death
- Wages lost due to missed work, vacation days or sick days
- Wrongful death damages
Regardless of how your accident occurred, consulting with an experienced car accident lawyer can help you prove that you’re entitled to damages.
“This means the accident victim must show that, not only was the other driver unreasonably careless or broke the rules of the road, but that these bad decisions were the direct cause of the accident and your injuries,” according to Greg Bubalo, Managing Partner and Head Attorney of the Becker Law Office: .
If you’ve been injured in a car accident, you can generally obtain monetary damages by, 1) settling your case with an insurance company or, 2) through a personal injury lawsuit. The bottom line for either action is that the stronger your claim, the more likely you are to succeed.
In most cases, that includes evidence from police reports, eyewitness testimony, expert testimony from accident reconstruction experts and photos from the accident scene. Having an experienced car accident lawyer on your side can help you begin building your case to achieve your goals.