Understanding the Link Between Speeding and Sarasota Car Accidents

December 5, 2013

Car Accidents

speeding and car accidentsWhen it comes to traffic safety in our area, some drivers make the mistake of assuming that speeding is not particularly dangerous so long as they are otherwise driving responsibly.

The truth of the matter, however, is that speed plays a major role in all too many tragic car accidents.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration classifies a crash as being speed-related if a driver was doing one or more of the following four things at the time of an accident:

  • Exceeding the speeding limit
  • Driving at an unsafe speed for road conditions
  • Issued a ticket for speeding by a law enforcement officer
  • Reported to have been racing another vehicle at the time of the crash

Speeding Statistics

Speed-related crashes claim approximately 13,000 lives every year. These accidents cost the economy more than $40 billion every year. Speed plays a role in nearly a third of all traffic fatalities.

Speeding and Teen Driver Safety

According to the Center for Disease Control, teenage drivers are more likely than others to drive over the speed limit. At the same time, teen drivers as a whole tend to allow for less distance between themselves and the car in front of them.

The CDC’s Teen Driver Fact Sheet points out that 39% of male drivers aged 15 to 20 involved in fatal accidents in 2010 were speeding at the time of the incidence. Given that motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for Americans aged 5 to 34, the need for young drivers to understand the dangers of speeding is clear.

Have you been injured in a Sarasota car accident that was caused by another driver’s reckless behavior? Call Abrahamson & Uiterwyk today at 1-800-753-5203.

Speaking with a car accident lawyer serving Sarasota may be an important step in ensuring that your rights are protected if you’ve been seriously in an accident. Call our car accident lawyers today at 1-800-753-5203 to learn how our injury law team may be able to fight for your rights.