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Understanding the rate of speeding-related traffic fatalities

Whether you are making your daily commute, running errands or traveling around town, most drivers in Arizona and elsewhere are likely to encounter motorists that appear to be more rushed than others. Although an individual might be in a hurry or late to work or a meeting, traveling above the speed limit is a very dangerous way to attempt to resolve this issue. Speeding is a hazardous factor on the roadway and, when motorists travel at a high rate of speed, he or she could cause a serious or even fatal crash.

Based on recent statistics by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, speeding-related traffic fatalities still remains a significant cause of fatal automobile collisions across the nation. This fact remains despite the fact that the rate of these car crashes has decreased over the past several years. In fact, the rate of speeding-related fatalities decreased by four percent from 2013 to 2014. Even more so, there was a 32 percent decrease from 2005 to 2014.

According to the NHTSA, a speeding-related traffic fatality is when a driver is charged with a speeding offense by authorities or when a police officer indicates that racing, driving too fast for conditions or exceeding the posted speed limit contributed to the accident.

While speeding alone could be the cause and reason for a fatal automobile collision, the NHTSA made some key findings when considering the statistics from 2014. For example, it was discovered that 41 percent of all speeding drivers in fatal collisions in 2014 had a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher. Additionally, it was found that 33 percent of motorcyclists involved in fatal collisions were speeding. Lastly, when considering the total number of fatal automobile crashes in 2014, roughly 51 percent of speeding motorists were restrained at the time of the collision.

Whether a driver is traveling at a high rate of speed or traveling too fast for current road conditions, speeding is often a contributing factor in a fatal crash. Those who have lost a loved one in a fatal crash should take the time to understand the cause of the car accident. If a speeding driver is at fault, he or she could be held liable through a wrongful death suit.

Source:, "Traffic Safety Facts," accessed July 25, 2016

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