Excessive speed is killing motorists in California and across the U.S., according to a new report by the Governors Highway Safety Association. Making matters worse, federal, state and local governments aren't doing enough to address the issue.
The report, entitled "Speeding Away from Zero: Rethinking a Forgotten Traffic Safety Challenge," found that speeding plays a role in almost a third of all fatal traffic accidents on American roads. This is because speeding increases both the risk of getting in a crash and the likelihood of serious injuries or fatalities when an accident happens. The report also found that pedestrians and bicyclists were especially vulnerable to speeding vehicles and rural roadways were the most common location for deadly speed-related accidents. In fact, over 5,000 people were killed in rural speeding accidents in 2016.
While the GHSA says that it wants to reduce speed-related traffic deaths to zero, it acknowledges that not enough is being done to reach that goal. To remedy the situation, the organization suggests that the federal government introduce more legislation and programs designed to reduce speeding. It also suggests that federal, state and local engineers build more roundabouts and other speed-reduction features into the country's system of roadways. Finally, it recommends the implementation of public education campaigns designed to inform drivers about the dangers of speeding.
Speed-related car accidents can cause catastrophic injuries that leave victims unable to work for weeks or months. Because of this, it may be necessary for a victim to file a personal injury claim against the negligent motorist responsible for the accident. This type of suit could help the victim obtain compensation for current and future medical expenses, lost wages and more. Victims could have their case assessed by consulting with a car crash attorney.