In 2010, speeding-related crashes accounted for nearly one-third of traffic fatalities, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The federal agency’s definition of speeding is driving too fast for conditions or exceeding the posted speed limit.

In the United States speeding in one the leading causes of motor vehicle crashes. This reckless behavior caused the deaths more than 10,000 people in 2010.

Most drivers believe that speeding motorists are threat to themselves and others on the road, however these same drivers admit to going over the posted speed limit themselves.Speeding accidents increase the risk for injuries and fatalities for all parties involved.

If you or a family member has been injured in a speeding-related accident, you may be eligible for financial and legal recourse. Contact the Tulsa auto accident lawyers at The Edwards Law Firm today to explore your legal options.

Causes of High Speed Accidents

From a technical position, speeding is obviously the cause of a high speed collision. However, there has been research done on why motorists speed in order to understand this issue.

Experts have found that drivers speed for the following reasons:

  • Motorists are rushing to reach their destination.
  • Drivers are unaware that they are speeding.
  • Drivers that who think that they are above the law.
  • Motorists who are other vehicles on the highway.

While the causes of high speed crashes vary by incident, the factors listed above contribute to thousands of collisions, but the list is not exhaustive.

Injuries from High Speed Accidents

Speeding accidents injures thousands of Oklahoma drivers each year. Common injuries sustained in high speed crashes include:

  • Broken Bones
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Back and neck injuries
  • Lacerations
  • Whiplash
  • Death

Sadly, 6,639 people were either injured or killed from speeding-related accidents in Oklahoma during 2010. If you have lost a family member in a high speed accident, you may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit.  Contact The Edwards Law Firm to learn about the legal rights available to accident victims.

Speeding Statistics

A high speed accident can be a life-altering event for all parties involved. These crashes are costly for accident victims, as well as the economy. Here are some shocking statistics about high speed accidents:

  • Each year, speeding-related collisions cost the nation over $40 billion.
  • Four out of 10 young male drivers involved in fatal accidents were speeding.
  • In the past 10 years the posted speed limit for vehicles has increased.
  • Excessive speeding is a  factor in many traffic fatalities.

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Contact Our Tulsa Speeding Accident Lawyers Today

If you or a loved one has sustained an injury in a speeding-related crash due to another persons negligence, you may be able to recover damages for medical expenses, lost wages and property damage.

Contact an experienced Oklahoma auto accident attorney to discuss your legal options. Our attorneys are dedicated to helping our clients receive the compensation that they may deserve.

The Edwards Law Firm is available to assist accident victims in Tulsa, McAlester and the surrounding communities.