Auto accidents happen for many reasons. While recent developments like distraction are commonly cited as a catalyst for accidents, one of the most historically prominent causes is speeding. It remains a problem so prevalent that North Carolina law enforcement dedicated an entire week to cracking down on it.
Even with the emphasis on citing drivers who go beyond the speed limit, it is likely to continue placing those drivers, their passengers and others on the road at risk. People taking to the road for any reason should know about the possibility of encountering a speeding driver. Even with vigilance, accidents can happen and knowing how to respond is vital.
Speeding has been a growing problem since 2017
Statistically, the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) is sounding the alarm as to how problematic speeding has become. It says that from 2017 to 2021, there was a 17% rise in fatalities on state roadways.
Overall, 424 people lost their lives in speed-related collisions. Cumberland County was one of the locations near the top for these kinds of accidents. In one-quarter of fatal auto accidents, speed was said to have been involved.
The recent program – “Speed a Little, Lose a Lot” – was put into effect as part of the North Carolina Governor’s Safety Program. The director of the program stated that people are simply ignoring the speed limits and placing themselves and others in jeopardy because of it.
According to the NCDOT, roads with a speed limit of 65 mph have five times the frequency of an auto accident compared with roads where the limit is less than 40 mph. Racecar drivers who drive at substantial speeds for a living are trying to educate everyday drivers about the dangers. Still, even with these steps, drivers are prone to speeding and causing accidents.
Speeding and other factors should be assessed after an auto accident
The aftermath of an accident with a speeding vehicle will be worse and potentially cause catastrophic injuries and death. With that in mind, it is understandable that law enforcement, safety entities and activists will try and educate drivers about why they should stay within the speed limits. Unfortunately, many will ignore the risk and violate the law even if they are ticketed for it.
When there is an auto accident and speed is the primary cause, it is critical for those who were hurt or lost a loved one to have a full investigation. This can be helpful in determining the proper strategy and holding those who behaved recklessly accountable. Consulting with professionals can provide information and guidance with what steps to take.