In Arizona and across the U.S., roadway fatalities have been increasing. This is due mostly to speeding, according to a report from the National Transportation Safety Board. After studying the crash history between 2005 and 2014, NTSB researchers found that 31 percent of all traffic fatalities were caused by speeding. The number of speeding deaths (112,580) was just a little lower than the number of DUI-related deaths (112,948).
Thanks to national campaigns, drunk driving has developed a cultural stigma; however, no similar attempts have been made for speeding. This is why the NTSB recommends more severe consequences for speeding. When people are more aware of the dangers of speeding, traffic deaths may go down.
Another way to reduce fatalities is to expand the use of speeding cameras and other enforcement tools. The NTSB states that even going 10 mph over the speed limit can drastically cut down the survival rate for pedestrians. Analysts say that speed limits should incorporate speeds that have the lowest collision involvement rate.
At the same time, many cities are trying to implement road diets. While lane reductions and the addition of speed bumps, crosswalks, and other infrastructure have been proven to protect pedestrians and bicyclists, some cities face hostility for implementing these measures.
When motor vehicle accidents are caused by speeding, which is an act of negligence, victims are eligible for compensatory damages. Having legal representation is essential since the potential settlement could be large. Lawyers can handle all negotiations themselves, which is good because insurance companies often use tactics to deny settlements.