Florida’s Fatal Speed-Related Crash ProblemTampa Bay Legal News
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that in 2021, there were 12,330 people killed in speed-related traffic accidents. This number represents an 8% increase in deaths from speed-related crashes from the prior year in 2020.
Speeding does not have to happen and is completely avoidable. Still, many people speed. Whether it is due to frustration and road rage, anxiety about being late to a certain appointment, or eagerness to get to a specific location, there are several reasons that people cite as to why they speed. Sometimes, a driver may speed just for the fun of it and to see the extent of what they can do with their automobile.
Speeding, no matter what the reason, is unlawful and very dangerous. A crash that happens as a result of a driver traveling at excess speeds has a higher probability that the aftermath including destruction to the automobile and physical bodily harm will be catastrophic.
If you were in a speed-related crash in Florida, you may be able to obtain financial compensation for the losses you suffered. For help filing a personal injury claim, you can connect with a Tampa auto accident attorney at Fulgencio Law.
How Does Florida Compare with the Rest of the Nation Concerning Speed-Related Crashes?
Florida is a large state with a dense population. In 2021, Florida was number three in the nation for the most licensed drivers at 16,144,302. With this many drivers on the road, there is an increased risk of car accidents.
Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles indicates that in 2021, there were 401,540 total reported crashes in Florida. Out of all of these traffic accidents, 3,454 were fatal accidents.
The NHTSA reports that approximately 22.5% of the deadly crashes that take place in Florida are speed-related. As a result, the Sunshine State is the 7th most deadly state in the nation for speed-related accidents.
There are many proactive things that a driver can do to break the habit of speeding. Some of these include:
- Give yourself more time to get from place to place so you don’t feel rushed and therefore, tempted to speed.
- Research your local laws on what the cost is of being pulled over by police for speeding. This could be a strong motivator to drive more responsibly.
- Practice calming exercises so that if you start to feel agitated you can help yourself back to being relaxed and balanced.
- Avoid distractions. Not only is distracted driving dangerous because it keeps you from focusing on your environment and operating your vehicle safely, but it can also take your mind off of your speed. By limiting distractions you can make sure to watch for signs that detail the speed limit and monitor your car’s speed as well to adjust where necessary.
Speak to an Attorney at Fulgencio Law Today
When a driver speeds they put everyone in danger. Speeding is irresponsible and if you were harmed in a car accident caused by a speeding driver, please call Fulgencio Law to schedule a free consultation at (813) 463-0123.