One of the deadliest hazards on the road is another driver who is speeding. Each year across the United States, about 10,000 fatal crashes result from speeding drivers, and over 14% of those occur here in Texas, the highest number of any state. However, perhaps you do not need statistics to tell you how serious the problem is.
If you have recently lost a loved one in a speed-related accident, you know first-hand the shock and grief such tragedies bring to families and communities. Whether the speeder responsible for the accident was acting on feelings of road rage, impaired by drugs or alcohol, or just running late, you may agree that there is no excuse that justifies the outcome of the loss of life and the accompanying hardships.
Going nowhere fast
Statistically, young men within the first five years of receiving their driver’s licenses are most likely to cause fatal accidents by speeding. More than one teen in a vehicle increases the chances of speeding and the potential for a fatal accident. However, teens are not the only ones who speed. In fact, anyone may offer the following common excuses for driving faster than what safety and common sense dictate:
- Not paying attention to their speed or unaware of the posted limit
- In a hurry or late for an appointment
- Driving a car built to go fast
- Feeling they are good enough drivers to go faster than the limit
- Believing no one will catch them or that a speeding ticket is worth the chance to drive fast
- Feeling frustrated by slow drivers or pressured to keep up with faster vehicles
- Rejecting the idea that the speed limit is necessary or applies to them
There are also those who simply do not care about the speed limit or the laws that keep other travelers safe. They may not believe the unthinkable could happen or that they may be the cause of someone else’s suffering or death.
Sending a message to speeders
A vehicle traveling 42 mph cuts in half the chances of survival for a struck pedestrian. At 58 mph, a speeding driver who strikes a pedestrian gives that victim only a 10% chance of survival. The faster a car is moving at the time of an accident with another vehicle, the more likely occupants of that vehicle will suffer catastrophic, life-changing or fatal injuries.
Of course, statistics will not return your life to the way it was before the accident. However, statistics and other resources may come in handy for building a strong case for claiming compensation for your losses and sending a powerful message to those who believe they have a right or an excuse to speed.