Many drivers exceed the speed limit – in some cases by a lot. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that approximately 34 million speeding tickets are issued annually in the US and we all know that far more people speed than are caught and ticketed. Obviously, speeding is a big problem.
Speeding is also one of the most common causes of motor vehicle accidents. A study by the Highway Safety Information System (HSIS) revealed that an average of 13,000 reported motor vehicle accidents are speeding related. Many of these accidents result in fatalities.
Why are Drivers Speeding?
The traffic laws and speed limits are intended to curb this behavior and protect road users from collisions and injuries caused by speeding. The number of speeding tickets and speeding-related accidents make clear that it is not working.
The following are some of the most common reasons why motorists exceed the speed limits.
- They believe that there are very few other drivers on the road and therefore feel that it is safe to drive at a high speed.
- They are reckless or careless and therefore do not pay attention to the posted speed limits.
- They are in a rush to get to their destination and they speed to avoid being late.
- They disregard the rules and regulations.
- They are driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Injuries from Speeding Accidents
Accidents involving pedestrians and vehicles often result in serious injuries. Many pedestrians who are hit by vehicles traveling at high speeds suffer life-threatening injuries.
Some of the most common injuries that occur as a result of speeding accidents include:
- Brain injuries
- Head injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Neck injuries
- Broken bones
Thousands of pedestrian accidents occur throughout the US every day. Many of these accidents are the result of speeding. While there are programs to help tackle speeding, many drivers continue to act negligently and cause serious injuries to other drivers, passengers and pedestrians as a result.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a speeding pedestrian accident in Shreveport, or anywhere in Louisiana, please call the Law Offices of J. Ransdell Keene today at 800-597-9247.
Attorney Keene is an experienced personal injury attorney who can help you recover compensation for your injuries. You need to be compensated in order to cover the medical expenses, loss of income, as well as other expenses resulting from the injuries caused by the accident. Please call us today.