Speed a Top Factor in Car Accidents in Asheville and Elsewhere

Out of the nearly 3 million car accidents that were reported in twenty-five states in 2009, nearly 2 million of them were caused by speeding drivers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), far too many car accidents in Asheville and elsewhere in the state of North Carolina are caused by speeding drivers.

According to The Newspaper, nearly 80 percent were the result of drivers going too fast for the current conditions and more than 20 percent were because drivers exceeded the posted speed limit. Recent data concluded that most of these accidents were the result of the weather and drivers failing to adjust their driving habits to compensate for the change.

It’s important for drivers to adjust their driving habits to the current conditions. When it’s raining, snowing or any other kind of inclement weather, drivers are asked to slow it down and pay special attention to their surroundings.
Speedy drivers dish out a lot of money. Speeding tickets make millions for state governments, insurance companies and municipalities each year. In twenty-five states, speeding contributes to about 10 percent of all accidents and all of these accidents are completely preventable is drivers were to just slow down!

Our Asheville car accident attorneys understand that at an accident scene officers have to determine if a driver was exceeding the speed limit or if they were in fact driving under the speed limit but driving too fast for road and weather conditions. Half of the United States reports this information separately. The other half just clumps it all into “speed-related” crashes. It’s important for states to keep detailed reports about their accidents in order to determine where to make changes.

“In speeding-related crashes, a higher proportion of crashes occurred on adverse road surface conditions during cooler months, as compared to other crashes,” stated an NHTSA report.

The faster a vehicle is traveling at the time of impact, the more likely it is for a driver to be killed. Safety officials create speed limits to keep traffic safe and to help to keep motorists alive. They’re strategically placed by officials and calculated to determine which speeds are safest on each road. They’re not just there to slow you down.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), speed-related accidents take the lives of nearly 1,000 Americans every month. In 2009, speeding was a factor in more than 30 percent of all fatal traffic accidents. These crashes took the lives of nearly 11,000 people during this time. According to the NHTSA, the economic cost of speed-related crashes is more than $40 billion each year.

Although drivers of all ages are involved in speed-related accidents, male drivers are more likely than female drivers to be in a speed-related accident. Younger drivers are also more likely to be involved in a speed-related accident than an older, more experienced driver.

The Asheville car accident lawyers at the Lee Law Offices, P.A. are here to offer assistance to victims of speed-related car accidents in Charlotte, Hickory, Statesville and elsewhere in Carolinas. Call 1-800-887-1965 to schedule a free appointment.

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