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Speeding drivers put themselves and others at risk

On Behalf of | Jan 3, 2021 | Car Accidents

Speeding drivers are responsible for a quarter of all road deaths. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), speeding kills more than 9,000 people each year. That is around three times more people than distracted driving kills.

Young males are the most significant speeding risk

Young male drivers often complain about the high insurance premiums they face. However, the crash statistics back up the fact that young males are most likely to cause a speed-related crash. Male drivers between 15 and 24 in fatal crashes are twice as likely to have been speeding as females of the same age.

Speeding becomes less likely to be a factor for both sexes as they grow older. It is half as likely to be a factor for someone between 45 and 54 as it is for someone 15 to 20 years old.

People should adapt their speed to the conditions

A driver does not need to be going faster than the speed limit to be speeding. Drivers have a legal responsibility to drive at a safe speed for the conditions. Loose surfaces, water on the road or a slippery surface due to snow or ice as well as falling rain and snow all require you to slow down to stay safe.

There is a reason that speed limits are lower in residential areas and around schools. Even a few miles per hour less can significantly increase the chance a pedestrian survives being hit by a vehicle. A drop in speed will reduce the severity of a vehicle-to-vehicle crash, too. If you or a loved one has been injured by a speeding driver seek legal help to fight for the compensation you need.