NHTSA Reports Decline in Speeding-Related Fatalities

Highway trafficThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently reported that 2018 saw a decline of almost 6% in speeding-related traffic fatalities. While this is certainly good news, speed-related fatalities still accounted for more than 9,000 deaths across the country last year. Speeding presents a very real danger to everyone on the road. 

The car accident attorneys at Slappey & Sadd help people injured in car accidents get the compensation they deserve. Whether your accident was caused by speeding or by someone driving while under the influence, our attorneys know how to build a case and fight for your rights. Call us at 888-474-9616 or complete our contact form to schedule a free consultation with one of our Atlanta car accident lawyers today. 

An Encouraging Trend

Since 2008, speeding accounted for approximately one-third of all traffic fatalities. Those numbers began to decline in 2013, with speeding-related traffic fatalities dropping to 26%. 2018’s decline suggests that this downward trend is more than just an aberration. 

The Dangers of Speeding

Speeding is one of the most common traffic infractions – we are all guilty of exceeding the speed limit from time to time, and many of us do so regularly. Unfortunately, speeding is so common that we tend to overlook the dangers it can present: 

  • Speeding requires a greater distance to stop the vehicle, meaning that you have less time to stop suddenly. 
  • In the event of a collision, speeding will increase the severity of the crash, thus resulting in more serious injuries.
  • Speeding is more likely to result in loss of control of the vehicle. 
  • Speeding reduces the effectiveness of vehicles’ safety equipment

These dangers are compounded the faster that the vehicle is traveling. As a result, speeding on our highways and interstates can be especially dangerous, with speeding drivers traveling at speeds in excess of 80 miles per hour. 

Speeding is Negligence

Most car accident cases are based on negligence. In a negligence case, must prove that the other driver failed to exercise reasonable care, thus leading to the accident that caused the plaintiff’s injury.  

Traffic infractions, particularly speeding, are often evidence of negligence.  

If you’ve been injured in a car accident caused by a speeding driver, you may be able to prove that their speeding demonstrates that the other driver was negligent. While two or three miles per hour over the speed limit may not be sufficient, excessive speeding may be a clear indicator that the other person was driving negligently or even recklessly. The accident report prepared by the police may be a very important piece of evidence in your case. 

Injured in a Car Accident? Contact the Atlanta Lawyers at Slappey & Sadd

The car accident lawyers at Slappey & Sadd have been helping accident victims across the state of Georgia since 1992. We have the knowledge and experience to help you get the compensation you deserve so that can get back on your feet. Call us at 888-474-9616 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys to discuss your case and how we can help.