At one time or another, many Maryland motorists have driven over the posted speed limit, whether they were traveling on city streets, freeways or rural roads. Before they do so again, however, they should consider the consequences, the least of which is a traffic ticket on their driving record.
Speeding is a leading cause of car accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says speeding carries an economic price tag of $40.4 billion annually. In 2012, speeding was a factor in 30 percent of fatal car accidents, killing 10,219 people, a 2 percent increase from 2010. According to the federal agency, a car accident is considered speed-related if the driver was cited for speeding by exceeding the posted limits, or by driving too fast for road conditions or racing other vehicles.
Statistics indicate older drivers don’t speed as much as younger drivers, and young males are the most likely to engage in this behavior. Alcohol is a factor when it comes to speeding as well. The agency says that 42 percent of drivers involved in fatal car accidents had blood alcohol contents of 0.08 or higher, while only 16 percent of non-speeders in fatal crashes were at or above the legal limit.
Car accidents where the at-fault driver was speeding generally result in more serious injuries, sometimes even death, to occupants of the other involved cars. Serious injuries can change a person’s life forever. Victims may suffer fractures and broken bones, spinal injuries, burns and traumatic brain injuries. Injured victims of motor vehicle accidents may be entitled to compensation from the at-fault driver through a personal injury lawsuit, and many find the assistance of an attorney to be helpful in this process.