Deciding to drive over the speed limit can be a tragic choice, however, especially if the speeding motorist is involved in a deadly car accident.
August 21, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Speed a factor in fatal Norwood accident
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Almost every driver has done it at one time or another, even though most drivers know that it can be very dangerous. Exceeding the speed limit is a habit for some, while others drive too fast only if they are running late, rushing to get somewhere or just not paying attention to the speedometer. Deciding to drive over the speed limit can be a tragic choice, however, especially if the speeding motorist is involved in a deadly car accident.
Speed cited in recent accident
In the early morning hours of July 22, a 33-year-old Boston man was driving southbound on Interstate 95 in Norwood. At approximately 4:15 a.m., his vehicle collided with the driver's side of another vehicle. The first vehicle then hit the median, causing the motorist to be ejected. He was declared dead at the scene of the accident. The driver of the second vehicle was not injured and will not be charged in connection with the collision. A news story on the Boston Globe's website reported that police named speeding as a factor in the crash.
Speeding is a component in many traffic accidents in the United States. A 2012 report by the Governors Highway Safety Association found that excessive speed is considered to be a major contributor to a third of all traffic fatalities. Although the number of people wearing seatbelts has been on the rise for years and the number of alcohol-related fatalities has decreased some, the number of fatal car wrecks linked to speeding has increased seven percent since 2000.
Speeding is not limited to any particular age group or gender. More young drivers are involved in speeding-related traffic fatalities than in previous years. Although the number of teen drivers killed in fatal crashes is on the decline, the percentage of those accidents involving high speed has gone up.
Whether the enforcement of speed limits by the issuance of tickets deters speeding is unclear. What is clear is that the number of speeding tickets written by law enforcement officers has dropped significantly in Massachusetts during the past several years. In 2008, police officers handed out over 301,500 tickets to drivers who were exceeding the speed limit. By 2010, the number of tickets had decreased to less than 242,000. However, these numbers have much less to do with the number of people speeding than the number of cuts in law enforcement funding. There are fewer officers on the road and less time spent on traffic enforcement in the state. Despite the decrease in enforcement, speed continues to be an issue on the road.
If you are injured in an accident with a speeding driver, contact a local lawyer to discuss your case. A personal injury attorney can help you receive the compensation you deserve for your medical bills, property damage and other injuries.
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