Despite speed limit laws and aggressive police ticketing for speeding, it is still one of the biggest contributors to auto accidents. Not only can speed cause accidents, it can also increase the damage sustained in accidents. When investigating an accident, one of the many factors that is considered is whether speed played a role.
Speed Kills Thousands Of People In Auto Crashes Every Year
The old adage that speed kills is still true. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, almost a third of all auto fatalities in 2009 were related to speeding. This represents over 10,000 deaths in 2009 alone. In Illinois, 325 people lost their lives in speed related crashed in 2009. The NHTSA considers speed to be a factor if the driver is issued a citation for speeding or if the police officers indicate that speed was a factor in the accident. Driving too fast for the road conditions such as traffic congestion, urban area, road visibility or weather can lead the driver to be more likely to cause an accident, too often a fatality accident.
Illinois Laws Regarding Speed Limits
Every state and municipality has it own laws and regulations for controlling speed. In Illinois, the state speed limit on interstates has been 65 MPH at maximum, until a recent change in law was implemented. As of January 2014, certain Illinois rural interstates have limits of 70 MPH, which may have a impact on the amount and severity of accidents attributed to speeding. The general speeding law in Illinois 625 ILCS 5/11-601 states:
No vehicle may be driven upon any highway of this State at a speed which is greater than is reasonable and proper with regard to traffic conditions and the use of the highway, or endangers the safety of any person or property.
The Alcohol And Speed Correlation
Intoxication while driving is dangerous and illegal, causing over 10,000 deaths per year. In addition, speeding and alcohol intoxication seem to go hand in hand. According to the NHTSA, in 2008 41% of fatalities caused by intoxicated drivers above .08% BAC also involved speeding. In fact, as blood alcohol concentration rises, so does the incidence of speeding. When no alcohol is involved, only 15% off fatality accidents are speed related. At .01-.07 BAC, a little over 25% of fatalities are speed related. Once the drivers are above the legal BAC limit, then the correlation jumps over the 40% mark.
Affects Of Speeding On The Severity Of An Accident
The basic facts of speeding are that the higher the speed, the harder it is to both control a vehicle and to stop a vehicle. The higher the speed, the more likely it is that a driver will loose control of a vehicle and run off the road or into another driver. The distance it takes to stop is increased exponentially as well. For instance, by increasing the rate of speed from 40 MPH to 60 MPH, although it is only an increase of 50% in speed, it increases the stopping distance by 200%. From 40 PMH to 70 MPH, it almost triples.
Speeding costs thousands of lives each year, and tens of thousands of people are injured. The costs related to these accidents was thought to be well above $40 billion a year in 2000 and over a decade later, the cost is even higher. The people that make up these statistics and are victims of auto accidents related to speed need to know that they deserve to be compensated for their injuries and need someone to fight for their rights.
Attorneys Helping Those Who Have Been Injured In An Auto Accidents Due To Speeding Drivers
Speeding not only causes auto accidents, but frequently exacerbates the injuries sustained in a crash. If you or a family member was injured in an Chicago automobile accident, you need a law firm to help protect your interest in the wake of a dispute with an insurance company. We have secured $millions in compensation for people involved in car accidents throughout Illinois. Call us now to secure your recovery, or complete the form to the right.
Impact of speeding on auto accident both in Illinois and on a national basis