People in Mississippi and across the country continue to face serious risks on the road due to excessive speed. In fact, speeding drivers are a factor in nearly 33 percent of all fatal motor vehicle accidents, according to a report from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). Despite the fact that speed takes thousands of lives every year, speeding is commonly accepted on the roads and is not met with the public revulsion that accompanies drunk or distracted driving.

The report aims to analyze federal and state policies that could affect the number of crashes caused by speeding. The executive director of GHSA emphasized the goal of reaching zero traffic deaths and the importance of addressing the speeding epidemic in making the roadways safety. Speeding drivers can be especially dangerous in the case of bicycle or pedestrian accidents due to the relative lack of protection for these victims. Pedestrians and cyclists are more likely to suffer serious injuries or even deaths in car wrecks.

A number of cities and states have dedicated serious attention to cutting speeds, as in New York City and Boston. However, the majority of fatal car crashes related to speeding happen in rural areas. These fatal rural crashes killed over 5,000 people in 2016 alone. The GHSA urged greater adoption of anti-speeding policies in rural areas as well as urban centers. Specifically, the report called for greater law enforcement activities as well as engineering solutions that make speeding more difficult and less likely.

The consequences of speeding can be devastating for others on the road suffering lifelong disabilities and catastrophic injuries as a result of a motor vehicle crash. People injured in an accident due to speeding or otherwise negligent drivers need to work with a personal injury lawyer to pursue compensation for their lost wages, medical bills and other damages.  If you’ve been injured by a speeding driver,  call George B. Ready to protect your rights and seek recovery from the responsible party.