Most people consider themselves good drivers, even if they're prone to speeding in order to shave a few seconds off of their daily commute. However, statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) clearly show that speeding—whether driving faster than the posted speed limit or driving too fast for the current weather conditions—is a dangerous behavior that puts lives at serious risk. Speeding-related car accidents killed 9,613 Americans in 2013. California alone had 961 speeding-related fatalities that year, placing it among the top three states in the nation for traffic deaths caused by speeding. Often, these speeding-related crashes take the lives of innocent people. If you were injured in an accident that was caused by a speeding driver, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
Some Drivers More Likely to Speed Than Others
All drivers can be tempted to speed if they’re running late for an important appointment, but research shows that some drivers are more likely to engage in this dangerous behavior than others. According to data from the NHTSA's Fair Analysis Reporting System (FARS), young men in the 15- to 20-year-old and 21- to 24-year-old age groups were most likely to be speeding at the time of a fatal accident. Speeding drivers are also more likely to have an invalid driver's license and be under the influence of alcohol than drivers who abide by the speed limit.
Were You Injured in an Accident?
In the United States, car accidents caused by speeding happen every day. If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a speeding-related crash, you may be able to pursue compensation for medical bills related to your injury, property damage to your vehicle, and lost wages if your injury prevents you from working. A knowledgeable personal injury attorney can help you weigh your options and determine the next best step. The experienced legal team at Steinberg Injury Lawyers has been handling car accident personal injury cases just like yours since 1982. Call us today for a free evaluation of your case. We're eager to help you secure any and all compensation you may deserve.