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Study: Speeding kills almost as many as drunk driving

We all know about the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol. However, new research has found that driving over the speed limit causes almost as many fatal vehicle accidents as drunk driving does.

The National Transportation Safety Board found that between 2005 and 2014, nearly 100,000 people died due to a speeding driver. That's nearly as many as those who lost their lives because someone was driving drunk. As some states have raised their legal speed limits in recent years, the number of traffic fatalities has increased.

The faster you are driving, the longer it takes for the vehicle to stop. As the NTSB acting chairman noted, "Every mile an hour that you increase by, you're increasing your likelihood of a crash."

The NTSB is hoping to reduce the number of speed-related fatalities by getting more states to use speed cameras and for those that do use them to do so more widely. They are rarely used on highways, where drivers generally travel at faster speeds than on local roads.

Louisiana is one of a minority of states where traffic cameras are permitted for speed enforcement as well as at red lights. However, traffic violations resulting from these cameras don't go on a driver's record.

Of course, there are other ways to nab speeding drivers. Laser and radar-based detectors are used by many police departments. As one police officer says, "We're looking at where these accidents occur and how we change people's behaviors in terms of speeding and driving more safely. I think the biggest way to do that is just by being present out there."

If you're injured in a car crash that was the fault of another driver, there are ways for investigators to determine how fast the other vehicle was going at the time. By seeking experienced legal guidance, you can help ensure that a proper investigation is done and that resulting evidence can be used to help you in any civil action you take against the at-fault driver.

Source: CBS News, "Speeding kills nearly as many people as drunk driving, NTSB says," July 26, 2017

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