While there has been much attention given to drunk driving and distracted driving, at least one organization directed to automobile safety has called for greater awareness of the ongoing problem with speeding motorists.
According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, there are still too many people who are dying on the roads of Eastern Michigan because of drivers who were traveling over the speed limit.
Teens and speeding – how big is the problem?
The problem with speeding is particularly pronounced among the youngest legal drivers. For example, just over 2,075 teens died in car accidents in 2019. The number is actually the lowest it had been between 2015 and 2019.
During these years, 43% of these fatalities involved speeding. By contrast, only 30% of people 20 and over who died in car accidents where authorities determined speeding was a contributing factor.
The percentage of deadly accidents related to speeding also show that younger drivers, particularly younger male drivers, are more prone to having a lead foot. Among drivers under 30, speeding plays a role in about 1 out of 3 of all fatal accidents.
Once drivers hit middle age, only about 1 in 4 of all fatal accidents are related to speeding, and the percentage is even lower for drivers over 65.
Teens and their parents may be held accountable for accidents
Those who prepared the report encouraged parents to make sure they observe the speed limit and slow down when necessary if only to set a good example for their teen drivers. They also said that parents should not hesitate to monitor their kids’ driving habits and also lamented the decline of driver education classes being offered at public schools.
In any event both teens and their parents may wind up paying compensation for a victim’s injuries or death if a teen driver speeds and causes an accident.