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Speeding Involved in One-Fourth of Traffic Deaths in Louisiana

Everyone knows that speeding is absolutely dangerous, but just how reckless is this behavior? The data from a recently-released report created by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) may shock you.

According to the report, which was reported on by The Advocate, speeding motorists contributed to at least 27% of all traffic deaths in Louisiana in 2013. That could even be a conservative estimate, as they are only able to include collision information that was reported as “speeding-related.” If the driver was ticketed for speeding or the responding officer stated that the driver was going too fast for driving conditions, it is a speeding-related crash. Many more could have involved unlawful speeding but no one was there to officially cite it.

The report goes on to say that many fatalities possibly involved drivers or passengers not wearing their seatbelts, or when drivers were intoxicated. The definitive number could not be ascertained, however. Additionally, males between the ages of 15 and 24 were more likely than any other demographic to be involved in a fatal car accident.

Is There A Silver Lining?

Just one death on Louisiana highways is too many, but the truth is that the NHTSA’s report does show some signs of hope. There was a significant drop in fatalities overall over the course of a few years. In 2007, the number of traffic deaths statewide was 997, which was reported at 703 in 2013. The national average for speeding-related fatalities was 29% at the time of the report, slightly higher than that of Louisiana, so it also appears that Louisiana motorists are being more careful when they set out on the road.

First-time speeding offenders in Louisiana, on average, pay only about $100 in fines. It could be possible that stricter penalties may be necessary to deter motorists from participating in this dangerous offense. Others believe education about highway safety would be more effective.

If you have been injured by a speeding driver in Louisiana, contact the Tangipahoa Parish car accident lawyers from Anderson & Boutwell today. We are backed by more than 60 years of shared experience and have recovered millions of dollars through verdicts and settlements for our clients, so you know you can trust us with your case. Call (985) 796-2245 to discover your legal options.

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