Speed Related Accidents Statistics

Speeding in an automobile can be dangerous and even fatal. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that about a third of all fatal car accidents are speed-related. Texas had the most speed related accidents in 2010. There were 1,190 fatalities speed related automobile accidents. Over 100 of these fatal accidents occurred on urban interstates. A Houston personal injury lawyer can help their client receive compensation for any damages, injuries, or loss resulting from an accident. The NHTSA estimates that speed related crashes cost American society about 40 billion dollars a year. Maintaining a safe speed and obeying the state speed limits is important to ensure the safety of everyone on the road. The Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) concluded that 99 percent of the speed related crashes that resulted in a fatality were due to driving to fast for conditions or exceeding the posted speed limit.

In 2010, NHTSA issued a report that stated that for the male age groups of 15-20 and 21-24, 39 percent of the fatalities in car accidents were speed related. In 2010, there was over 10,000 speed related deaths in the Untied States. This was 32 percent of all fatal accidents. A Houston car accident lawyer is a good way to cover any medical bills, wages lost, and pain suffered from a car accident. Speed related deaths had decreased 3 percent from 2009 to 2010, but still made up a third of the fatal accidents in the Untied States. 255 of the speed related fatalities were due to a driver going over 55 miles per hour. 55 percent of the speed related fatal accidents were due to exceeding the posted speed limit and 45 percent were due to drive to fast for conditions. A drivers’ awareness of their speed and environment is key to maintaining safety for themselves and passengers, especially other cars on the road.

Michael P. Fleming

Michael P. Fleming is a highly experienced litigator who has argued and won a case before the U.S. Supreme Court. He is a Houston resident who was twice elected to serve as the Harris County Attorney. He is also an avid runner who has completed eight marathons, to date, including two in Ireland. Only a small group of Texas lawyers are Board Certified as specialists in both Personal Injury Trial Law and Real Estate Law. Michael is one of them. He also proudly holds his B.A. degree from the University of Saint Thomas and his J.D. degree from the University of Houston College of Law.