Report finds no progress made with speeding-related fatalities

Many Illinois motorists probably believe that exceeding the speed limit isn't a big deal. This may be because some drivers assume that the worst that can happen is that they might get a speeding ticket. However, speeding can also contribute to serious and sometimes fatal motor vehicle accidents.

According to a report by the Governors Highway Safety Association, excessive speed is a factor in roughly a third of all fatalities related to car accidents. The report also concluded that no significant progress has been made with efforts to reduce speeding-related deaths. GHSA's executive director stresses the need to emphasize the importance of slowing down while behind the wheel. Speeding also increases risks for pedestrians and bicyclists in addition to occupants of other vehicles. Even smaller decreases in speed can save lives by reducing the severity of crashes and injuries.

Some urban areas have had success with efforts to curb speeding. However, a higher rate of speeding-related fatalities occur on rural roadways. One of the reasons for the decline in speeding in urban areas is the increased adoption of Vision Zero programs, which refers to initiatives to proactively take steps to keep roads safer. Solutions recommended in the GHSA report to deal with speeding include more aggressive efforts by law enforcement officials to detect speeding, speeding reduction programs, and additional public education efforts.

People who are injured in car accidents often required lengthy periods of medical care, and in many cases they are unable to earn a living during their recovery. When the accident was caused by the negligence of another motorist, such as one who was exceeding the speed limit at the time of the crash, an attorney could assist a victim in seeking compensation for the losses that were incurred.

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