Why Speeding is a Major Cause of Car Accidents

With more than 15 years of legal experience, our Charlottesville personal injury attorney at The Warren Firm, PLLC understands that speeding is a major contributing factor to many auto accidents in Virginia and the rest of the country. A collision is speeding-related if the driver was charged with the traffic offense of speeding, if the police officer determines that the driver was racing or driving too fast, or the driver has exceeded the posted speed limit which contributed to the crash.

According to the National Safety Council, speeding is considered the third leading cause in traffic crashes in the United States. Many people believe speeding is only a problem on highways; however, the percentage of collision fatalities involving speeding is much higher on smaller roads, including neighborhood streets. 47% of drivers speed on roads marked 50 mph or less, while over 20% speed on roads 35 mph or less.

Every year, approximately 13,000 people lost their lives due to car accidents where speeding was involved. Speeding collisions also cost over $40 billion annually based on reports by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The following are common reasons why drivers speed:

  • They are in a rush or late for work or an appointment
  • They are not paying attention to their driving
  • They do not consider speeding as dangerous
  • They do not think the laws apply to them
  • They do not think they will get caught

If you have been injured in a car accident which was caused by a speeding driver in Virginia, our firm is committed to helping you recover financial compensation to cover your medical bills, lost earnings, property damage, as well as pain and suffering. Let us help you make the best recovery possible from injury immediately.

Contact us and request a free consultation today.