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Speeding causes serious, sometimes fatal, injuries

Getting somewhere faster than expected might be convenient, but it is also more dangerous. However, there are many drivers in Montana who ignore the risks and speed anyway. What these drivers may not understand is that they are not just putting themselves in harm's way -- they are also putting you and everyone else on the road at risk for serious injuries.

Some people do not walk away from speeding accidents, either. Accidents that involve speeding are much more likely to be fatal than those that occur at lower speeds. Although the problem may be getting somewhat better, thousands of people are still dying because of some drivers' reckless behavior behind the wheel.

Is speeding really that bad?

In 2018, 9,378 people died in speed-related accidents. This averages out to about 25 deaths each and every day. The real number of speeding deaths could be much higher though because authorities only count crashes as speed related when drivers receive charges for speeding offenses or if officials correctly identify speeding as a contributing factor.

You might find it comforting to know that there are fewer speeding deaths than in the past. In 2010, speeding caused 32% of all traffic fatalities. Today, speeding is only a factor in 26% of deaths. Still, these are deaths that can be avoided, and this figure does not even include injuries.

Who is speeding?

In general, younger drivers are more likely to speed than older drivers. Men are more likely to speed than women, too. Male drivers who are between the ages of 15 and 24 are the largest group of drivers involved in speed-related fatal accidents. Of the drivers in this age group who caused fatal accidents, 29% were speeding at the time, compared to only 18% of female drivers between the ages of 15 and 20 and 14% who are aged 21 to 24.

Regardless of age, a speeding driver will not always cause an accident, but road conditions affect the likelihood of doing so. For example, speeding contributed to only 16% of fatal crashes on dry roads. However, speeding was a factor in 19% of accidents on wet roads and 41% that occurred on icy or frosted roads.

Is anyone safe?

You do your best to always drive safely by wearing your seatbelt, driving the speed limit and paying attention to traffic signs. Sadly, not everyone treats the act of driving as seriously as they should. Speeding drivers can be virtually anywhere in Montana, meaning that there is not much you can do to avoid them.

While you were lucky to survive your accident, you are facing a long journey to recovery. But finding the time and money to fully recover from your serious injuries is easier said than done. In your situation, pursuing a personal injury claim against the speeding driver who caused your injuries could be one of the best steps for recovering necessary compensation. An experienced attorney should be able to explain your options for getting started.

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