In 2011, speeding drivers were responsible for 30% of all fatal crashes and cost accident victims and society nearly $41 billion. In the State of Washington alone, 165 speeding drivers lost their lives in 2011. While speeding related fatalities have decreased over the past decade, there is still so much work to be done.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the majority of speeding drivers are young males between the ages of 16 and 24 and alcohol impairment is a common cause. In addition, 44% of all fatal accidents that occurred on icy roads were a result of a speeding driver.
The 2011 National Survey of Speeding Attitudes and Behaviors noted some interesting characteristics among speeders. Overall, speeders were generally more likely to get irritated and impatient behind the wheel of a vehicle. Speeders were also more likely to enjoy the feeling of going fast and to have the goal of getting where they were going as fast as they could.
One of the main reasons Washington drivers disobey the speed limit signs, is because they are running late to an appointment or an engagement. Safety experts urge all drivers to give themselves enough time to reach their destination safely, so they can avoid going faster than the posted speed limit signs.
In addition to causing fatal car crashes, speeding drivers can cause tremendous damage to both personal and public property and they can cause serious injuries. Traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, back and neck injuries, and severe fractures are all examples of injuries that can occur at high rates of speed.
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If a speeding driver injures you or someone you love, an experienced auto accident attorney at Phillips Law Firm can help. If you are interested in learning more about your legal options, call us at 1-800-708-6000. Our car accident lawsuit attorneys are waiting to assist you 24/7, offering a free case evaluation. Remember our no fee promise. If we do not recover anything for you, you do not owe us an attorney fee.
The personal injury lawyers at Phillips Law Firm have successfully represented injured individuals and their families in Seattle, Tacoma, Vancouver, Bellevue, Everett, Kent, Auburn, Renton, Federal Way, Bellingham, Marysville, Lakewood, Redmond, Shoreline, and throughout the State of Washington.