Texas Speeding Accidents — Still Far Too Common
Nearly every month, most of us are tempted to exceed the speed limit while trying to reach a destination on time. While such behavior may seem innocent or harmless, we need to realize that speeding causes far too many auto accidents.
According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics, 29% of all vehicle collisions were speed-related during one recent year. That percentage is even higher (34%) for those riding motorcycles. Furthermore, only 13% of all speed-related accidents occur on interstate highways. Which Drivers Speed and Cause the Most Accidents?
- Men speed far more often than women in all age groups. As might be expected, the numbers are especially high for young male drivers between the ages of 15-44;
- Drivers with invalid licenses. During 2012, statistics showed that about 23% of speeding drivers who were in fatal collisions had an invalid license, compared to 11 percent of non-speeding drivers;
- Alcohol drinkers. It’s not very surprising to learn that those who drink tend to speed more often than other drivers;
- People who drive between 6 PM and 6 AM. You’re most likely to encounter a speeding driver if you’re out on the roads between midnight and 3 AM. However, those numbers stay high between “six and six;”
- Drivers of certain types of vehicles are more likely to speed. People who speed the most tend to be driving (in order of vehicles causing the most accidents): motorcycles, passengers cars, light trucks, and large trucks;
- People driving under challenging weather conditions. Speeding drivers are most likely to cause accidents when traveling upon: icy, snowy or wet roads;
- Drivers in the following states. During 2013, drivers in Texas, California, and Pennsylvania were most likely to speed and cause traffic fatalities than drivers in other states;
- Roughly one-third of young men between the ages of 15-24. There’s strong statistical proof supporting the practice of charging young men higher car insurance premiums. For example, in 2013, thirty-five percent (35%) of those who were speeding and caused fatal accidents fell in this age group. All drivers and passengers must carefully observe all safety regulations to minimize their chances of being hit or killed by speeding drivers. It’s especially important for all of us to wear our seatbelts. Just under half (49%) of all speeding drivers in 2013 failed to wear their seatbelts or restraints. More Important Facts About Speed-Related Car Accidents
- During 2013, there was a seven percent (7%) decrease in speeding accidents. Hopefully, we’ll learn that this trend is continuing when new data is reported;
- A comparison between the number of total vehicle accident victims in one recent year to those killed in speeding accidents. During 2013, approximately 32,719 people died in American traffic collisions. Of those, roughly 9,613 of those who died were killed in speeding-related accidents;
- Drivers age 65 and older. The number of men and women who speed greatly narrows as we age. In fact, there’s roughly only about a two percent difference between the genders in regards to speeding in this age group. How Can We All Decrease Our Tendency to Speed on the Road?
- Concentrate solely on driving. If all Americans would stop texting while driving, they would be far more inclined to drive within the posted speed limits;
- Stop drinking alcohol or taking drugs that can alter your consciousness within an hour or two of driving. When you’re mentally or physically impaired, you’re far less likely to obey posted speed limits – and notice other critical traffic signs and lights;
- Stop trying to multi-task while driving. Those who eat food while driving or use the rearview mirror to handle make-up or shaving needs – are much more likely to ignore the speed limits;
- Always leave early for every destination. Nearly all of us are tempted to speed when we’re running late. Most of us need to spend the next month trying to establish a new habit of leaving on time – or even a bit early;
- Decide on your driving route ahead of time. People get far too distracted while looking at maps or using their GPS devices (or cell phones) while driving – be ready to find an address before leaving your home;
- Consider using your “cruise control” if out on a highway with few other cars. There’s no sense in getting a speeding ticket out on a deserted highway;
- Learn to handle your anger appropriately – before ever getting behind the wheel of a car. Speeders are often angry people who just don’t believe that most rules – including posted speeding limits – apply to them;
- Take a defensive driving class. Once you see how many different types of “problem drivers” are always out on the road – you’ll become much more eager to drive slowly so you can avoid the serious back and neck injuries often caused by speeding drivers.
Carlos Galliani is an experienced Texas auto accident attorney who fights hard to protect the rights of every client. He’s fully prepared to handle your serious vehicle or motorcycle accident case. Please call to discuss your case with Mr. Galliani at (214) 301-3400.