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Speeding is one of the most prevalent factors contributing to traffic accidents in the United States. The economic cost to society of speeding-related crashes is estimated by the NHTSA to be $40.4 billion per year. In 2011, speeding was a contributing factor in 30 percent of all fatal crashes, and 9,944 lives were lost in speeding-related crashes.

In Louisiana, 214 lives were lost during 2011 in automobile accidents where speeding was a significant factor. Maintaining a safe speed and obeying the state speed limits is important to ensure the safety of everyone on the road. The Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) concluded that 99 percent of the speed related crashes that resulted in a fatality were due to driving too fast for conditions or exceeding the posted speed limit.

Any speed in excess of reasonable and prudent speeds is evidence of unreasonable driving. By law, this is set at: 55 mph on state highways, 70 mph on any interstate or controlled access highway, and 65 mph on any multi-lane divided highway. The board of transportation may set the speed limits for other areas such as school crossings and residential areas that must be strictly obeyed. L.A.R.S. § 32:61.

Speeding reduces a driver's ability to steer safely around curves or objects in the roadway, extends the distance necessary to stop a vehicle, and increases the distance a vehicle travels while the driver reacts to a dangerous situation. For drivers involved in fatal crashes, young males are the most likely to be speeding. The relative proportion of speeding-related crashes to all crashes decreases with increasing driver age. In 2011, 42 percent of the male drivers 15 to 20 years old who were involved in fatal crashes were speeding at the time of the crash. Further, alcohol and speeding seem to go hand in hand. In 2011, 30 percent of the speeding drivers under 21 years old who were involved in fatal crashes were also intoxicated, with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 (grams per deciliter [g/dl]) or greater. In contrast, only 14 percent of the non speeding drivers under age 21 involved in fatal crashes in 2011 were intoxicated. For drivers between 21 and 24 years of age who were involved in fatal crashes in 2011, 52 percent of speeding drivers were intoxicated, compared with only 23 percent of non speeding drivers. Alcohol and speeding are clearly a deadly combination.

In 2011, 35 percent of all motorcyclists involved in fatal crashes were speeding.

Under Louisiana law, all motorists are required to drive at a speed that is reasonable or prudent L.A. R.S. § 32:64

An experienced car accident lawyer is able to assist you and your family to recover medical bills, wages lost, and pain suffered from a car accident. At the Law Offices of Kenneth G. Miller, we use every means available to prove negligence on the part of a speeding driver in order to obtain the highest monetary reward for our clients.

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