Almost all of us who have been driving for any appreciable amount of time would have to look back and admit that there was at least one if not more instances where we decided to exceed the speed limit. We have often rationalized it because of the situation or we didn’t think much of it because we were simply keeping up with the flow of traffic. Few if any of us probably thought about the extreme dangers that speeding presented both to ourselves and to anyone who could be affected by our driving, but a recent news story from Ohio provided some information that was truly surprising.
The story ran in the Springfield News-Sun, and the point behind it was to shine a light on the problem that speeding was posing in that community. It highlighted the number of deaths in the area because of speed-related car accidents in recent times and it focused on a 14-year-old girl who was killed by a speeding driver. However, the story could hit home for anyone who reads it not only because of the poignancy of those situations but also because of a statistic that was provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or the NHTSA.
The NHTSA provided data that states that every month, 1,000 people are killed in car accidents in the United States that were caused by a speeding driver. Simple math means that 12,000 people are killed every year because someone made the mistake of exceeding the speed limit, which also equates to more than 32 people every single day. That’s a number that should prompt a strong reaction from anyone who sees it, and it should also motivate people to watch themselves more closely when they get behind the wheels of their vehicles.
Most people fully understand that even though speeding is not considered by many to be an egregious violation of traffic laws that it is conduct that could be considered negligent should a speeding driver cause a crash that leads to serious injuries or fatalities. Speed limits are calculated carefully, and it’s not an accident that a certain place only allows the vehicles that pass through there to move at a certain rate.
When someone is badly injured by a speeding driver and that person responds by filing a legal action, it can be difficult for that person to prove how fast the negligent driver was going before the crash. That’s because these collisions tend to happen in a flash and the people who were injured tend to have trouble remembering the details that relate to it. That’s why people in this position need to work with professionals who understand how to hold people who cause speed-related crashes accountable when necessary.
If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident that was caused by a speeding driver, contact the Las Vegas injury lawyers at the Sam Harding Law Firm today to schedule a free initial consultation.