Excessive Speed Is A Factor In One Third Of All Fatal Crashes
Late for an appointment or to pick up the kids from school? So you tap the gas a little more. Speeding is a factor in nearly 1/3 of all fatal crashes. The faster you go, the more likely you are to have an auto collision and the greater your risk of serious injury or death. No matter what causes the collision, speeding reduces the amount of available time needed to avoid a crash. Gerber Collision and Glass wants to remind you of the dangers of speeding :
- Speed was a factor in 30 percent (12,477) of all traffic fatalities in 1998, second only to alcohol (39 percent) as a cause of fatal crashes. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, 1999)
- In 1998, 40,000 people were critically injured in speeding-related crashes, 72,000 were moderately injured and 599,000 received minor injuries. (NHTSA, 1999)
- Young drivers (under 30 years old) are more likely to speed than other drivers. Of all drivers involved in fatal crashes, young males are most likely to speed. The relative proportion of speeding-related fatal crashes decreases with increasing driver age. (NHTSA, 1999)
- Alcohol involvement and speeding often go hand-in-hand. In 1998, 43 percent of drivers with a 0.10 BAC or higher who were involved in fatal crashes were speeding, compared with 14 percent of the sober (0.00 BAC) drivers in fatal crashes. (NHTSA, 1999)
Speed laws prevent auto collisions. If you’re in a hurry, no destination is worth a speeding ticket and potential car collision. Going too fast may lead to your vehicle spinning out of control or hitting another car, not only are you putting yourself and other motor vehicles at risk to injury but you’re putting your car at risk for being banged up and in need of Auto Collision Repairs.