Augusta, Georgia Automobile Accident Attorneys
Speeding – A Primary Cause of Motor Vehicle Collisions
Each year since 1990, more than six million car accidents are reported to police nationwide, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Unfortunately, at least three million of those accidents involve injuries to one or more people. The most dangerous forms of transportation, of course,are cars, trucks and motorcycles.
In fact, automobile collisions are the number one cause of accidental death in this country. One in three Americans will be involved in at least one car wreck which results in injury to a driver or passenger during their lifetime. In the State of Georgia alone, there were 1,493 traffic fatalities in 2008, according to data collected by the NHTSA.
Speeding contributes to more traffic accidents in the United States than virtually any other traffic related offense. The economic cost to society of speeding-related crashes is estimated by NHTSA to be $28.0 billion per year. In 1999, speeding was a contributing factor in 30 percent of all fatal crashes, and 12,628 lives were lost in speeding-related crashes.
Under Georgia law, all motorists are required to drive at a safe speed. O.C.G.A. § 40-6-180 (“No person shall drive a vehicle at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions and having regard for the actual and potential hazards than existing.”). Speeding greatly increases the chance of being involved in an accident, as driver reaction time is drastically reduced. In addition, higher speeds increase the severity of impact and the likelihood of catastrophic injuries.
The attorneys at Burnside Law Firm LLP have years of experience representing people injured as a result of auto wrecks caused by speeding and other causes. We have secured successfult results for other clients and will fight hard to recover full compensation for the pain, suffering, medical expenses, lost wages and other damages you have suffered as a result of your accident.
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