Speeding is common cause of fatal crashes in Georgia

Submitted by Ingrid on Fri, 07/22/2016 - 15:48

After a recent fatal crash that involved a speeding driver, we here at the Weinstein Firm wanted to provide information about how speeding is so often associated with serious injury or fatality accidents. In our years of practicing personal injury law, we know that speeding drivers are often the catalyst that causes so much damage and destruction, often impacting many innocent people.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 32,675 traffic fatalities in 2014 nationally, among them 9,262 (28%) that occurred in speeding-related crashes. In Georgia in 2014, 18% of fatality crashes involved a speeding driver. These statistics are startling, yet they also represent driving behavior that is completely preventable. 

What is interesting but perhaps not shocking is that young male drivers are most likely to speed, and that between midnight and 3 a.m., 67% of speeding drivers involved in fatal crashes were alcohol impaired, as compared to 43% of non-speeding drivers.

What is clear is that drivers who speed put all lives at risk, and that more needs to be done to reduce this dangerous driving behavior. While law enforcement does its part by patrolling Georgia's roadways and citing speeding drivers, more public education, and more peer pressure to help eliminate speeding by young drivers, can certainly play their part to make our roadways safer.