Drivers in Texas are probably aware that speed kills. However, they may not know that speeding, rather than drunk or distracted driving, has led to the nationwide increase in traffic deaths, according to a report from the National Transportation Safety Board. It states that speeding accounted for 31 percent of traffic fatalities between 2005 and 2014.
To reduce the number of fatalities, the NTSB recommends creating national campaigns that emphasize the social consequences of speeding, making punishments for speeding as severe as those for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and using enforcement tools like speeding cameras. It also suggests that speed limits should be changed to equate the speed with the lowest crash involvement rate.
The report comes at a time when many cities in the U.S. are striving to implement safety measures for their streets, such as lane reductions. Boston, for example, has announced a program that will redesign certain streets with crosswalks, bike lanes, and traffic calming devices like speed bumps to keep drivers moving at 20 mph or below. However, changes in other states are meeting with complaints from drivers, lawsuits from entire communities, and resistance from lawmakers.
When motor vehicle accidents occur because of speeding, people who are injured as a result may require lengthy periods of expensive medical care and treatment, during which they are unable to earn a living. In such an event, they might want to have the help of a personal injury attorney in seeking to obtain a settlement from the insurer of the reckless driver. If the offer is inadequate, a lawsuit might be the next step.