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Speeding is a major contributor to Tennessee car accidents

There are a lot of things drivers can do to make the roadway dangerous. Being drunk behind the wheel is one of the biggest, but so, too, is being sleepy, failing to yield to pedestrians and being unaware of motorcyclists. However, perhaps one of the deadliest negligent acts is one that almost every driver in Tennessee is guilty of: speeding.

Speeding can play a significant role in the frequency and severity of car accidents. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has found that speed contributes to one-third of all automobile wrecks. The death rate rises for car accident victims when speed increases, and safety measures, such as airbags, seat belts and crumple zones can be rendered essentially useless when speed reaches a high rate. Tragically, approximately 1,000 individuals are killed every month in speed-related crashes

Those who are fortunate enough to survive an accident involving a high rate of speed at impact still face an increased risk of debilitation and disfigurement. For every 10 miles per hour over 50 at which an accident occurs, the probability of debilitation and disfigurement doubles. Such high rates of speed can occur anywhere, but an estimated 60 percent of all speed-related fatalities are attributed to rural roadways.

We all need to do a better job of controlling our speed, but those who cause injurious or fatal accidents as a result of their speeding should be held accountable for their actions. One way a victim can do this is by filing a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent driver who harmed him or her. If evidence can be presented that the driver was speeding at the time of the accident and that speeding caused the accident, then compensation may be awarded for a victim's damages.

Source: NHTSA, "Think Fast...," accessed on April 1, 2016

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