The National Survey of Speeding Attitudes and Behavior, recently released by officials with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), reveals that speeding is a serious problem on our roadways and drivers aren’t making a conscious effort to help to alleviate the risks. In the survey, roughly half of all drivers agree that speeding is a serious problem, yet about 20 percent of those same drivers admitted to driving far too fast.
Our Cape Coral car accident lawyers understand that speed-related accidents account for about a third of all traffic accident fatalities on U.S. roadways each and every year. About 10,000 lives are lost annually in speed-related traffic collisions. Through the busy holiday season and more and more snowbirds make their way south, it’s more critical than ever that we keep an eye on our speed and keep safety a top priority on the road. Being responsible behind the wheel is our best defense against a potentially fatal traffic accident.
“We all have places we need to go, but it’s never the right decision to put ourselves, our families and others in harm’s way to get there faster,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.
According to the National Survey of Speeding Attitudes and Behavior, more than 90 percent say that “everyone should obey the speed limits because it’s the law.” So why are about half of all drivers speeding out there? Some say that they speed without even knowing it. Others say that they enjoy the feeling of zipping down the road. Many even believe that they can handle it and it’s safe because they’re “skilled” drivers.
The truth of the matter is, regardless of driving “skill,” increases in speed increases the risks for an accident and it also increases the severity of the injuries sustained in these accidents.
Research shows us that males are much more likely than women to put the pedal to the metal. We also found that younger drivers, or those between 16 and 20, are more likely to speed than any other age group of drivers. More than 10 percent of these young drivers report that they’ve been in at least one speed-related accident in the last 5 years, compared to about 4 percent of all drivers.
Speeding results in:
–Lives lost – over 13,000 each year.
–Work zone crashes and fatalities – speed was a factor in 27 percent of fatal crashes in construction and maintenance zones in 2005.
–Unsafe school zones – compliance with lower speed limits is poor.
–Economic costs — speed-related crashes cost society over $40 billion annually, according to NHTSA. Every minute “gained” by speeding to a destination costs U.S. society over $76,000.
Make sure you leave for your destination with plenty of time to spare to avoid rushing. Make sure you’re always aware of the posted speed limit and always adjust your speed to accommodate the current weather and traffic conditions. Safe driving habits can wind up saving your life.
If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident, contact Hollander Law Form at 888-751-7770 for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights. There is no fee unless we win.