How many traffic deaths are caused by speeding?

The roads are dangerous for many reasons, from those which are within a driver’s control (such as driving sober, following traffic safety laws, etc.) to those which are out of a driver’s ability to manage such as severe weather. Sadly, many lives have been lost in accidents that were the result of a driver failing to drive responsibly. There are many different examples of reckless behavior, but speeding is especially concerning for a number of reasons. Not only can drivers reach high speeds without realizing it, but going over the speed limit can make the impact of a collision even more damaging.

According to data that is published on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website, speeding made up for over one-quarter of all of the traffic deaths that occurred in 2016. In fact, more than 10,100 lives were lost in motor vehicle crashes during 2016 as a result of speeding. Tragically, many of these lives could have been saved if drivers had simply stayed within the speed limit and driven responsibly.

Sometimes, drivers speed because they are late for an appointment, while other drivers may speed because they think it makes them look cool or they are participating in an illegal street race. Regardless, those who endanger the lives of innocent people (and their own lives) should be held responsible for their actions. Even when an accident caused by speeding does not result in any fatalities, there may be many consequences that victims face, including physical and emotional pain, disabilities and financial problems.