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Survey finds that many Americans speed despite the risks

A new study reveals that most Americans have a permissive attitude towards speeding, despite its dangerous consequences.
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    February 12, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Let's face it, many people today are struggling to cope with the demands of the modern world. Many are juggling work and family responsibilities that require them to be in several different places each day. As there are only so many hours in a day, many of these people speed and drive more aggressively in an attempt to shave a few minutes off of their transit times.

Speeding is something that many people do from time-to-time. When questioned about their speeding habits, many drivers will say that as long as the police don't see them, they have done nothing wrong. Unfortunately, according to a recent survey by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) this attitude is shared by a significant portion of drivers across America and is putting other drivers at risk.

According to the NHTSA estimates, speeding is responsible for about 10,000 motorist fatalities each year, which is about a third of all traffic fatalities. Suspecting that driver attitudes may be partially to blame for the problem, the agency conducted the survey entitled the National Survey of Speeding Attitudes and Behavior, so it may fine-tune its safety education programs regarding the dangers of speeding.

The agency surveyed attitudes regarding speeding using drivers from every state. The survey found that 80 percent of respondents believed that driving within the speed limit allowed them to better avoid the risk of car accidents, dangerous road conditions and other roadway hazards. Although a large majority agreed that keeping their speeds down kept them safe, over a quarter of survey respondents said they sped anyway, because they enjoyed speeding or were not thinking. Additionally, about 16 percent had the attitude that an experienced driver speeding presented no safety concerns.

Of the respondents, researchers found that males were most likely to admit to regular speeding habits than females. Additionally, the least experienced drivers--teen drivers 16-20 years old--were more likely to admit to speeding regularly than any other age group. This age group's permissive attitude towards speeding had a price, as this group was more likely than any other age group to have been involved in a speed-related car accident within the past five years, despite the fact that many, if not most, in this group were too young to have driven for five consecutive years.

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According to Pennsylvania statistics, there were 124,092 car accidents in 2012, resulting in the deaths of 1,310. Speeding was the number one common factor for all of these accidents. Although many drivers do not think that they are doing anything wrong by speeding, it is clear that this is not the case.

Under Pennsylvania law, drivers who speed do not only risk getting a ticket, but can face a lawsuit for negligence if they injure or kill another driver because of their unsafe driving. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a careless driver, an experienced personal injury attorney can help you recover compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and other expenses related to the collision.

Article provided by McCarthy Weisberg Cummings, P.C.
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