According the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, speeding is involved in about one out of every three fatal crashes. A crash is defined as speeding-related “if the driver was charged with a speeding-related offense or if an officer indicated that racing, driving too fast for conditions, or exceeding the posted speed limit contributed to the crash.” Due to this alarming statistic, we felt it was necessary to discuss speeding during our series on major causes of serious car accidents.
As Illinois car accident lawyers, we have represented a number of injured clients in cases where speeding was a major factor in an accident. We know that some of the main reasons that drivers speed is because they are in rush to get some where, not paying attention to how they are driving, they don’t take speed related laws or don’t think they will be caught. However, it is important to realize that speeding, which is completely preventable, causes about 13,000 fatalities every year. A significant number of speed-related accidents occur in work zones or school zones. Speeding is also strongly associated with incidents of drunk driving and young men are the most likely demographic to be involved in these types of accidents.
Unfortunately, speeding is a habitual behavior. People generally acknowledge speeding as dangerous, but still partake in it. Automated speed enforcement is a technology that has ongoing enforcement of traffic and can cite the license plate of the speeder almost instantaneously. This is beneficial because it makes sure that traffic flow isn’t disrupted and doesn’t require a law enforcement officer to case and cite a speeding car. Just last week, Governor Quinn signed a law that will allow the City of Chicago to install automatic speed detectors at traffic lights. Drivers caught going more than 5 mph over the speed limit will be sent a $100 ticket. We think this is a great way to discourage people from speeding, because there is a constant threat of a fine if they disobey speed limits.
In addition to increasing the amount of automated speed enforcement technology, a Chicago car accident lawyer of ours also suggested that increased awareness about the true dangers of speeding could be beneficial to helping people reduce their speeds. We encourage readers to remind friends and loved ones of the risks associated with speeding, especially for new drivers. Although it might seem like speeding is okay in some situations, it’s a habit you should try to break. Give yourself enough time to get where you need to go, and be aware that when you speed, you not only put yourself in danger, but also the lives of everyone else on the road.