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Study finds speeding a major factor in number of traffic deaths

| Aug 10, 2017 | Fatal Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Driving is a part of everyday life for most people in Monmouth County. It is how people get to work, to school and to practically every other destination where their busy lives take them. However, driving is not without its risks and unfortunately, accidents can and do occur. At Escandon, Fernicola, Anderson & Covelli, we know how devastating the loss of a loved one to a car crash can be.

While some of the safety challenges drivers face have changed over the years, others have not. A new study has found that speeding is still a significant contributing factor in causing fatal motor vehicle accidents, reports Curbed. In fact, the number of deaths caused by speeding and those that involve alcohol are practically equal. Yet, drunk driving and distracted driving receive much media attention while speeding does not.

One way that some believe the number of deaths caused by speeding could be lowered is by re-examining speed limits. These limits were decided decades ago and do not take crash safety into account. Rather, they are based on the average speed that drivers traveled on a given road.

The National Transportation Safety Board, the agency behind the study, also recommends stiffer penalties for those found guilty of speeding. Those convicted of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol often pay steep fines and temporarily lose their driving privileges. Applying similar sanctions to those who speed could result in fewer fatalities.

The families of victimes of fatal crashes are often left dealing with not only their grief, but also huge financial hurdles as well. For more information on pursuing compensation for a deadly automobile crash, please visit our web page.