Speeding- A Main Cause of Car Accidents in Connecticut and Nationwide
The National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) has many roles. One of these is to analyze crash data to determine the primary causes of car and motorcycle accidents and, hopefully, prevent further highway injuries and fatalities.
In a recent study the NHTSA found, not surprisingly, that speeding is one of the most prevalent factors contributing to traffic crashes. As Connecticut personal injury attorneys we have seen hundreds of people seriously injured by a driver who was Driving Too Fast For Conditions (DTFFC) or Exceeding the Posted Speed Limit (EPSL). In 2007, about 31 percent of all fatal crashes were speeding-related. Speed related accidents account for an estimated 13,000 deaths each year and cost society approximately $40.4 billon per year.
The following statistics represent highlights from the study. We hope that the information provided here will help you and others think twice before speeding.
- In all speed related crashes 55 percent were due to EPSL and 45 percent to DTFFC.
- DTFFC accidents are by far the most dangerous and injurious. 74 percent of speeding-related crashes that resulted in one or more injuries were due to DTFFC.
- Roads with higher speed limits (50+ mph) were the site of more DTFFC auto accidents.
- Driving Too Fast For Conditions most often happened when roads were in poor condition due to snow, ice, slush, rain or other factors that increased the likelihood of losing traction. It makes sense, then, that December to March represent the highest rate of DTFFC accidents.
- Both DTTFC and EPSL accidents are more likely to have occurred on non-intersection and curved stretches of roads.
The take home is simple: Do not speed. Though it may seem important to be a few minutes earlier, the cost of this choice could be your life or the life of another.
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