The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently completed a safety study on reducing speeding-related crashes. Among the study’s disturbing findings was the fact that in the 10-year period from 2005 to 2014, speeding was linked to 112,580 highway fatalities, while drunk driving accounted for 112,948 deaths.
In other words, speeding is as dangerous as driving drunk.
The NTSB recommends fighting these disturbing trends with automated law enforcement for speeding offenses. This controversial measure was found to be effective in the 15 states with automated speed enforcement restrictions.
While we may have mixed emotions about allowing electronic surveillance to monitor our driving habits, we can all agree about one thing: too many people die in speeding-related accidents on America’s highways.
Why Have Georgia’s Road Fatalities Gone Up?
To take things closer to home, Georgia’s highway fatalities have spiked by one third in the past two years. More than 1,500 people died in auto accidents on Georgia’s roads in 2016, out of a national total of 40,200 accident-related deaths.
Overall, fatality rates on the roads have gone up nationwide over the last few years, a fact that’s mostly been attributed to drops in gas prices and to an improving equality. (More people on the roads equals more accidents, in other words.) But Georgia has seen one of the highest increases in highway fatalities, with death rates rising by 34 percent between 2014 and 2016. The only states to see bigger increases were Idaho (36%), Oregon (41%), Vermont (45%), and New Hampshire (49%).
It’s hard to say precisely why Georgia is seeing a greater increase than most of the nation. But National Safety Council President Deborah Hersman says, “The top three killers are speed, alcohol, and distraction.”
The leading three killers are preventable behaviors, speeding among them. Once again, speeding is dangerous.
Speeding is Dangerous
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), just over 30 percent of all traffic fatalities are traceable to speeding. Speeding-related crashes are defined as crashes in which “the driver was charged with a speeding-related offense or if an officer indicated that racing, driving too fast for conditions, or exceeding the posted speed limit was a contributing factor in the crash.”
It’s important to note that driving too fast for conditions also contributes to speeding-related accidents. That means if you’re driving the posted limit in heavy rain, fog, or other adverse weather conditions, you’re driving faster than you ought to. It’s important to adjust your speed to road conditions if you want to make sure you get where you’re going safely.
Road fatalities have gone up in recent years, but the main causes are the same avoidable behaviors we all know about already. Speeding is dangerous. No matter how big your hurry, it’s not worth the risk.
Contact a Macon Injury Attorney Today
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident with a speeding driver in the Middle Georgia area, an experienced Macon DUI attorney from the Mann Law Firm can help you get what you deserve. Contact a Macon, GA injury attorney at the Mann Law Firm today at (478) 742-3381 in Macon, Dublin, Warner Robins, or Milledgeville, or through our online form.