Speeding is one of the most common causes of motor vehicle crashes in the United States. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that in 2008 11,674 lives were claimed due to speeding-related accidents. Speeding also contributed to 31 percent of fatal crashes in the same year and an estimated $40.4 billion in economic costs. An NHTSA study revealed that alcohol related car accidents also create a high cost for the state.
Meanwhile, out of 45,230 drivers who were involved in fatal crashes, 8,302 had previous speeding convictions from 2009. Arizona had 166 drivers with previous speeding convictions out of 981.
Early Friday morning, a Mesa one-vehicle fatal collision occurred on U.S. 60 East and Greenfield Road (AZ Central 3/25/11). According to authorities, the only occupant of the four-door Dodge sedan was its driver, a 39-year-old man from Superior.
Investigations revealed that the man was driving very fast when he lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle then hit the guardrail, which caved in the driver-side door. Due to the high speeding rate, the driver was thrown into the dashboard. He was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident.
Motor vehicle accident fatalities are often the result of carelessness or distractions. Despite the continuous decline of traffic-related fatalities in the U.S., there are still some who take safety for granted. People have become more aware of the importance of wearing seat belts and following the speed limit. However, reporting suspicious driving is also a very important part of decreasing accidents on the road. If you spot a reckless or speeding driver, please be take your safety into your own hands and report the behavior to the police.
For victims of Mesa car accidents and other areas of Arizona, our free consultation hotline is available at (480) 753-4534. Achieving rightful compensation starts with getting the right Arizona accident lawyer.