Speed is a major source of serious car accident injuries and deaths, as
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.