Speeding-related crashes are not uncommon here in Richmond Hill, New York. Perhaps you were the victim of a speeding driver yourself and are suffering from the long-term effects of your injuries. Though this is a no-fault state, you could file a third-party insurance claim if the losses were serious enough. First, though, you may want to know just how many crashes are speeding-related and how they can be caused.
Speeding behind a quarter of traffic deaths
In 2018, speeding was the factor behind 26% of traffic fatalities, killing 9,378 people in all. Though this is down from 2010, when 32% of traffic deaths were speeding-related, the numbers are still tragically high. The term “speeding” means both exceeding the speed limit and driving too fast for road or weather conditions.
Going by age group, speeding drivers aged 15 to 20 were involved the most in fatal speeding-related crashes: 30% among men, and 18% among women. Coming after them were speeding drivers aged 21 to 24: 29% for men and 14% for women. In every age group, the percentage of men was higher. Percentages gradually declined with age. Among speeding drivers, 8% were men 75 and older, and 5% were women 75 and older.
Road conditions and alcohol as factors
Of all the fatal crashes in 2018 that occurred on dry roads, 16% involved speeding. However, of all fatal crashes that took place on roads with dirt, mud or gravel, 45% involved speeding. For incidents on frosty or icy roads, the percentage came to 41%. Also, alcohol abuse was influential with 42% of speeding drivers aged 25 to 44 found to have been alcohol-impaired.
What to do when filing an injury claim
If you’ve been hurt by a speeding driver, you may want to discuss your case with a personal injury lawyer. The attorney could determine how much you could potentially get in compensatory damages, which cover both economic and non-economic damages. You may even have the attorney negotiate on your behalf, litigating if the other side does not agree to the desired settlement amount.