According to Virginia’s 2022-2026 Strategic Highway Safety Plan, there is a direct speed connection between crash causation and being able to survive a crash, and the human body is unlikely to survive an uncushioned impact at speeds faster than 30 mph. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration analysis shows that despite lower traffic volumes in 2020, deaths in motor vehicle accidents that year increased by 7.2%, with speeding being one of the major causes of the increase.
Speeding is a Major Cause of Fatal Traffic Accidents
Despite government efforts to curtail speeding, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has recently reported that 52% of fatal crashes involved aggressive driving, defined as committing a combination of moving traffic offenses that endanger other persons or property, with speeding being the most common aggressive behavior.
Speeding Resulting in Injury and Death in Virginia
In Virginia from 2016 to 2020, over four in ten fatalities from car accidents involved speeding, with 1,728 people killed in that timeframe. But nonfatal car accidents are also more serious when speed is involved, and the number of accidents with injuries in Virginia has remained frustratingly high. During that same period from 2016 to 2022, serious injuries resulting from car accidents involving speeding remained constant, with almost 12,000 people needing post-crash care, and one in three serious injuries from car accidents involved speeding.
If you have been injured due to the carelessness of another driver, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Our firm is experienced in handling personal injury cases arising from injuries or fatalities due to speeding drivers.
Our firm has been representing the people of Hampton Roads in auto accidents and other injury cases since 1955. If you have been hurt in a car accident due to the negligence of someone else, give us a call, and put our experience to work for you.
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