Jeffrey E. Johnston

Why speeding deaths still occur

Excessive speed is to blame in roughly one out of every three traffic deaths in Georgia and throughout the country. This was one of the key takeaways from a recent report issued by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). The GHSA report says that speeding deaths occur because there is no stigma attached to driving too fast. However, it does say that there are ways to help drivers reduce their speeds.

For example, roundabouts and other features could be installed that require drivers to slow down. In addition, increased law enforcement could work in getting drivers to travel at slower speeds. Enforcing the law can be achieved through both human intervention and automated tools. Educating the public about the dangers of speeding is another way to reduce the number of injuries and deaths that occur on roadways. According to safety advocates, drivers should be aware that speeding could increase both the likelihood and severity of a car accident.

Pedestrians and bicyclists tend to be especially vulnerable to accidents involving vehicles traveling at high rates of speed. Furthermore, rural areas face more speed-related fatalities. In 2016, there were more than 5,000 deaths attributed to excessive speed in rural parts of the country. Conversely, New York City and Boston have seen success getting drivers to slow down.

Car accidents often lead to personal injury or wrongful death lawsuits. The person who caused a crash to happen may be liable for paying medical bills or other damages to a victim. If a collision leads to a fatality, the victim's family could pursue a wrongful death case. Legal counsel could help a plaintiff through the process.

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