Speeding: One of the Leading Causes of Traffic Crashes

Las Vegas has had it’s fair share of traffic crashes, but as of late speeding is one of the leading causes!

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) continues to publish disturbing findings regarding speeding in Las Vegas and traffic accidents. According to NHSTA statistics from a 2009 report, “39 percent of 15 to 20-year old and 37 percent of 21 to 24-year old male drivers involved in fatal crashes were speeding.”

Not only does this prove a correlation between speeding and traffic-related fatalities, but it also says quite a bit about the mentality of younger (mostly male) drivers. The NHTSA also reported, in 2009, that there were 10,591 speeding-related crashes over the course of the previous year.

Preparedness of our young drivers aside, the economic cost of speeding-related accidents to our society is estimated by the NHTSA to be $40.4 billion per year. And remember, that’s not taking into account personal losses, or, even worse, the loss of human life… which bears no price tag.

Speeding in Las Vegas is not something to be taken lightly, no matter what your age/sex demographic. And when you add alcohol into the mix, the situation worsens. In the same 2009 report, it was shown that 43% of fatal speeding-related crashes had drivers with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher.

These NHSTA statistics are grave and show that we still do not have a handle on keeping reckless drivers off the road. While a true “accident” can happen to anyone, there is no excuse for excessive speeding or driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
If you have been in a Las Vegas Traffic Crash, pulled over for speeding, or need help defending leaving the scene of an accident in Las Vegas, call the Law Offices of Mark Coburn today for a free consultation at (702) 382-2000.

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