Everyone likes to think they are a safe driver when they get behind the
wheel of a vehicle. However, despite our attempts to be safe drivers,
nearly everyone breaks the law on a daily basis. Speeding is the most
common traffic law that drivers break and it happens to be one of the
most deadly, as well.Goldstein & Hayes are experienced personal attorneys
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Speeding: Everybody Does It
one of the most common causes of both fatal crashes and crashes in general. It is the third leading
contributor in traffic crashes, behind only distracted driving and impaired
driving. In 2012, speeding was involved in 10,219 of the 33,561 total
traffic fatalities, a 2% increase from the 10,001 in 2011. Speeding occurs
for a variety of reasons, but some of the most common include:
Drivers in a rush
Drivers not paying attention to their driving
Drivers do not think laws apply to them
Drivers do not believe it is dangerous
Drivers do not think they will get caught
Young People the Most at Risk
For drivers involved in fatal crashes, young males are
the most at risk of being involved in a speeding related accident. The proportion of speed-related
crashes decreases as the driver’s age increases. In 2012, 24% of
female drivers aged 15-19, and 19% aged 21-24 who were involved in a fatal
crash were speeding. For males, those numbers rise to 37% for both age
groups. Alcohol can also play a large part in speeding incidents, as drivers
who are under the influence are more likely to speed. In 2012, 42% of
speeding drivers had blood alcohol concentrations (BACs) of .08 or higher
in fatal crashes, compared to only 16% of non-speeding drivers involved
in a fatal crash.
The Three-Second Rule
Most crashes occur in the span of three seconds. In that time, a driver
sees a hazard, identifies it as dangerous, scans his or her memory to
decide how to act, and then acts to avoid the hazard. Three seconds is
typically all the time you have to respond to something that happens unexpectedly
around you - a car braking abruptly in front of you, a truck spraying
your windshield with rain or slush, a child on a bike crossing your path.
Speeding both increases the distance that is required to avoid a collision,
as it takes more distance for a car to stop at a higher speed, and it
also reduces the amount of time a driver needs to avoid the collision.
In addition to both of these factors, speeding simply increases the likelihood
that any type of crash will result in an injury.
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or traffic incident, the experienced personal attorneys at Goldstein &
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