U.S. Continues to Grapple With Speeding-Related Traffic Deaths

Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 8-Mar-2013

Speed is a major source of serious car accident injuries and deaths, as every hardworking San Jose car accident attorney well knows. Unfortunately, little progress has been made in recent years in curbing speeding-related fatalities in the United States, according to a recent report from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA).

A 2012 GHSA study found that speeding continues to cause about one-third of all traffic accident deaths in the U.S. each year. In 2010, over 10,500 lives were lost in speeding-related crashes. The number of traffic deaths linked to speeding has steadily increased in the past decade, even as deaths related to drunk driving and failing to wear seat belts have decreased.

The study links the continued prevalence of speeding-related deaths to several causes. Seven states, mostly in the Midwest, have recently increased speed limits on some roads to 85 miles per hour, despite studies that clearly link increased speed limits to higher numbers of speeding-related deaths.

Meanwhile, attempts to curb speeding have not kept up with the size of the problem. Only two states – Connecticut and Wyoming – increased fines for speeding, and Wyoming increased only the fines for commercial vehicle drivers, not for all drivers. Only one state, Indiana, has enacted an aggressive driver law in recent years, making it only the eleventh state to have such a law.

The GHSA recommends that state and local governments and law enforcement officials make speeding control a priority, since the behavior continues to claim lives on roads throughout the United States.

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