The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released a new report with statistics on Louisiana. Around 27 percent of all the fatal traffic accidents in our state involve speeding, only two points off the national percentage of 29, and some experts estimate that even more accidents involving speed are missed because of the way they were reported.
A poll from the Farmers Insurance Group had almost 70 percent of its respondents admit to speeding. Most were in a rush to get somewhere, but many don’t realize the risks they take when they decide to go too fast.
“Speeding reduces the amount of available time needed to avoid a crash and increase the likelihood of an accident and the severity of a crash once it does occur,” says one executive from Farmers Insurance. “Yet motorists continue to endanger their lives and the lives of others.” But you don’t have to speed to get where you’re going sooner.
What Can I Do To Stop Speeding?
Plan your route ahead of time, so you don’t have to rush. Check traffic reports or just open the Google Maps application on your phone (while your cat is stopped) to see what paths are congested. Be conscious of road conditions, since inclement weather can force you to slow down, and be ready to set out early. Also, don’t forget to wear you seat belt: it can help save your life in the event of a crash.
Remember that speeding is a choice, and it could put your life and the lives of others in danger. The lawyers of Galloway Jefcoat have experience helping the victims of car accidents, so we know how easily it can all go wrong. Keep following our blog, Facebook, and Twitter for more information about staying safe on our local roads.
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