While most people know that speeding increases the chance of being involved in a Lancaster car crash, it seems like everyone drives in excess of the speed limit these days. As Lancaster car wreck lawyers, we regularly help clients seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident due to the negligence of another driver. Often, speed is a factor in these crashes.
Every year, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety sponsors a study called the Traffic Safety Culture Index. The purpose of the study is to determine the extent to which drivers value and practice safe behavior on the road. Speeding is one of the driving behaviors assessed as part of the study. Researchers found the following:
- Approximately 89 percent of drivers feel it is unacceptable to drive 10 miles per hour over the speed limit on a residential street. However, nearly 48 percent of drivers say they have gone more than 10 miles per hour over the speed limit on residential streets in the past month—12 percent do so with some regularity.
- Approximately 73 percent of drivers feel it is unacceptable to drive 15 miles per hour over the speed limit on freeways. However, almost 49 percent of drivers say they have gone more than 15 miles per hour over the speed limit in the last month—16 percent do so with some regularity.
The speeding statistics listed above show that while most drivers feel it is safer to follow the speed limit, many of them do not do so. If you have been the victim of a car crash involving excess speed or other negligent acts on the part of another driver, our skilled and compassionate attorneys can help. Contact a Harrisburg car accident lawyer today at Schmidt Kramer. The toll free number is 888-476-0807and the case evaluation is free. You may also wish to download a free copy of our book Who Pays the Bills When You Are Injured in an Automobile Accident? for more information.