It probably comes as no surprise to motorists in Texas that speeding is often a factor in accidents that result in serious injury and death. Traveling at speeds higher than the legal limit results in less reaction time, increases the distance necessary for a vehicle to come to a stop and negates the protections provided by barriers like guardian rails and median dividers.
Personal injury researchers explain that speeding was a factor in more than one in four fatal car accidents that happened on American roads in 2018. More than 9,000 people lost their lives to these accidents. This number translates to an average of 25 individuals per day.
Accidents classified as speed-related share one or more of the following characteristics: a driver who receives a citation for an offense related to speeding, a driver who is racing with another motorist, a driver traveling at speeds too fast for current road conditions and a driver traveling faster than the speed limit posted for the road on which he or she is traveling. A bit of good news on the subject is the fact that the percentage of speed-related accident fatalities has declined over the past decade. Thirty-two percent of traffic fatalities were related to speeding in 2010. The most recent numbers show that 26% of fatal accidents in 2018 involved a driver guilty of speeding.
Speeding is more often a factor in fatal crashes that involve younger drivers. In one study, male drivers aged 15-24 were the most likely group to become involved in a speed-related fatal crash at nearly 30%. The numbers for female drivers were lower: Fatal accidents involving female drivers aged 15-20 involved speeding 18% of the time. It was 14% for women aged 21-24.
A car crash can change the future of an individual and entire families in the blink of an eye. When a crash happens because someone was speeding, compensation may be due to the victim. A personal injury attorney may assist those who have suffered losses resulting from the actions of a speeding driver.