Three El Paso residents were killed when a speeding sports car suddenly came into their lane, head-on. The reckless sports car was traveling at high speeds when it struck another vehicle, rear-ending it, and causing it to collide with a tree. Despite this impact, the sports car continued across the road and into oncoming lanes of traffic, where it struck another vehicle carrying three local passengers.
All three passengers in the second vehicle were killed on impact. The fatal accident marked the third, fourth, and fifth deaths on El Paso roads since the beginning of 2020. Speeding is a leading cause of traffic fatalities, and is a factor in about 26% of vehicle collisions, according to the National Safety Council.
Speeding is Simply Not Worth It
While most drivers can recall a time when they were behind the wheel and drove faster than the posted speed limit; however, speeding is more dangerous than most drivers and passengers would like to admit. On average, speeding claims the lives of 25 people per day, averaging out to around 9,378 motor vehicle accident fatality victims per year. This is a startling statistic that is unfortunately often avoidable when drivers maintain their speed as per the appropriate posted speed limits while on the road.
Unnecessary deaths due to preventable driving errors affect all drivers and passengers on Texas roads. In fact, it has been nearly two decades since the state of Texas went one day without recording a car accident fatality. From 2010 to 2018, more deaths occurred on Texas roads and highways than in any other state in the country.
These figures highlight the dangerous driving epidemic we face on roads and highways across the state; and, they should represent a call to action for drivers to take their responsibility seriously each and every time they get behind the wheel.
Speeding by the Numbers
An annual death toll of almost 10,000 people should keep drivers from partaking in street racing or high-speed dangerous driving; however, continual accidents caused by these drivers suggest more needs to be done to address speeding. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA), speeding and street racing incidents account for one-third of all fatal traffic accidents. In addition to putting the lives of the driver, passengers, and others who share the road at risk, speeding impairs a driver’s control of their own vehicle.
When a vehicle is traveling at accelerated rates, it increases the physical damage drivers, passengers, and the vehicle itself will sustain if it collides with another vehicle or object. Speeding also increases the probability of a fatal motor vehicle accident. Speeding accidents do not always end in a collision with another car – a variety of deadly road scenarios can be traced back to speeding as their root cause, such as:
- Inability to control the vehicle on slick or wet roads
- Reduced effectiveness of safety protections such as seatbelts or airbags
- Inability to effectively stop the vehicle at an appropriate and safe distance
- Increased injuries due to accelerated force of impact
- Inability to control vehicle within its lane, causing the vehicle to travel into oncoming traffic or traffic barriers
When another driver on the road chooses to speed and put lives in danger, here are a few tips to remember when sharing the road with a speeding driver:
- Give other drivers plenty of space should they need to brake at a high rate of speed
- Be courteous and allow other drivers to pass
- Adjust your driving to stay clear of the path of a speeding driver
- Call the police to report a vehicle if its driver is harassing you
Texas Personal Injury Attorneys
It is always a tragedy when someone suffers a severe injury or death as a result of another driver’s negligence. If you or someone you know was injured in a Texas motor vehicle accident, you have limited time to file a claim. It is important to have the right representation when dealing with other drivers and their insurance companies. Contacto Craft Law Firm today.