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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Georgia Drivers Known for Speeding, Especially Teens

Georgia has more than our fair share of drivers who break the speed limit.  In fact, Georgia ranks 6th in the nation for the number of speeding tickets issued. 

Why is speeding a problem for Georgia motorists?  According to the NHTSA, over 30 percent of all fatal crashes are estimated to be related to speeding.  The NHTSA defined speeding as “racing, exceeding the speed limit, or driving too fast for conditions.” 

It’s also important for Henry County residents to note that speeding also can reduce a driver’s ability to safely navigate around curves or objects in the road, shortens a drivers’ reaction time, and the speeding vehicle has less room to brake before hitting something or someone.

Teens are especially prone to speeding.  In general, the younger people surveyed (both male and female) were more likely to speed than older drivers, and speeding was more likely during the morning rush hour and on weekends.

This data is consistent with other studies that show motor vehicle crashes as the leading cause of death for people between the ages of 16 and 19.  As if those risk factors aren’t enough, Georgia ranks in the Top 20 states for Worst Teen Drivers according to a 2014 survey. 

What does this mean for drivers in Henry County, Georgia?  Aggressive driving – including speeding - is a serious problem that drivers face across the country (see my previous blog post about aggressive driving behaviors, which also happens to be more common in the cooler months).  And given these local stats, Georgia residents need to remain vigilant about their own safety and drive defensively.  Parents of teens should urge them to be careful on the road, and leave plenty of time to arrive at their destination.   And as an attorney who specializes in personal injury, I remain dedicated to helping car accident victims.  Because speeding does not just put the driver at higher risk – everyone on the road is at higher risk of an accident caused by the speeding vehicle.  

For more information on this topic, or to schedule a FREE personal injury consultation, email attorney John Webb at jwebb@smithwelchlaw.com or call 770-389-4864. Smith, Welch, Webb and White is recognized as a premier law firm throughout the state of Georgia.  Our team of experts routinely handles a wide range of legal matters, and will provide outstanding service for you, your family or your business.

 

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