The faster a vehicle is traveling, the longer the stopping distance required and the greater the impact upon collision. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) reports that speeding was a factor in 29% of all traffic deaths in the U.S. in 2013. A total of 9,613 people died in traffic crashes in which speeding was a contributing factor.
In Virginia alone, the DMV reports that 339 people were killed and 13,591 were injured in speed-related crashes in 2013. Among the Virginia drivers involved in speed-related traffic accidents, 58.50% were male, and 48.31% were between the ages of 21 and 40.
Speeding is a type of negligent driving behavior that contributes to many thousands of Virginia traffic accidents every year. Drivers have less time to react to traffic situations when they are traveling too fast. The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) attributes a significant portion of all traffic crashes nationwide to speeding.
While greatly exceeding the posted speed limit is clearly negligent, GHSA includes driving too fast for road or weather conditions, such as rain, ice, snow, sleet, or fog, in its definition of “speeding” — even if the vehicle is traveling below the posted speed limit.
According to GHSA, speeding is often only one component of aggressive driving, a dangerous driving behavior that involves endangering the lives and property of others by committing a combination of moving traffic violations. Violations often combined with speeding in aggressive driving behavior include tailgating, frequent and unnecessary lane changes, failure to yield the right-of-way, failure to obey traffic signals, and other dangerous driving behavior.
National traffic safety inroads have been made in several areas, such as increased seat belt use and fewer drunk driving deaths, as reported by GHSA. Speeding, however, continues to be a problem on America’s roadways as a major contributing factor to approximately one-third of all traffic accidents.
At Marks & Harrison, we believe that drivers who endanger others with aggressive driving behavior such as speeding should be held accountable for the damage and injuries they cause. Our seasoned Richmond car accident attorneys have a successful track record, and our firm has been helping injury victims recover compensation for more than 100 years. Our lawyers are well-versed in dealing with insurance companies, investigating traffic accidents, and obtaining outstanding results for our clients.
We understand the difficulties of being injured in a car crash caused by someone else’s negligence, and we are dedicated to helping you recover the compensation you need to get your life back on track. Our firm works with other professionals to help us establish the cause of your accident and determine the extent of your losses. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, past and future lost wages, mental and physical pain and suffering, and other damages.
You can contact our firm for help by calling our offices toll free at 1-888-807-3136 or submitting our online form. We are an established and ethical firm and we offer a free case consultation with no obligation. The number one goal of our experienced Virginia personal injury lawyers is to see you on the road to recovery with the compensation you need and deserve.