Speeding is a deadly move to make behind the wheel — yet so many of us take the risks for granted.
A recent accident in Asheville proves this point. According to the Citizen-Times, a head-on collision killed three teens and seriously injured another driver. Accident reports indicate that the crash took place on busy Brevard Road in Buncombe County. The driver was allegedly exceeding the 45 miles per hour speed limit and lost control of the vehicle while taking a sharp curve in the road. The vehicle clammed into a tractor-trailer.
An 18-year-old, a 17-year-old and a 14-year-old were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, according to Gene Williamson, a Highway Patrol Trooper. The driver of the tractor-trailer was injured in the accident as well. He was last listed in fair condition at Mission Hospital.
Our Asheville car accident attorneys understand that is was also raining at the time of the accident. When you add poor weather conditions, low visibility and speedy drivers, we’ve got a dangerous situation. Travelers are also at higher risks for injury and death when traveling without a seat belt. None of the teen occupants were strapped in at the time of the accident. One of the teens was ejected from the car in the collision.
Officials with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) are saying that they’re going to review the curve to see if roadway improvements could enhance safety.
The truth of the matter is that the faster the speed of a vehicle, the greater the risks are for an accident and the higher the risks are for injury or death. These stats don’t stop most drivers though. According to SmartMotorist.com, about 90 percent of all licensed drivers speed at some point in their driving career. What’s even worse is that about 75 percent admit to committing this offense regularly.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), speeding is a factor in about 30 percent of all fatal traffic accidents. The latest statistics show that men are more likely to commit this dangerous driving habit than women. Of American drivers cited for speeding in 2011, about 70 percent of them were men.
Drivers are asked to keep an eye on speed limits. This is especially important in areas that are unfamiliar. When the sun sets and when the rain or snow clouds come tumbling in, it’s more important than ever to slow it down. By slowing down and adjust to your current driving conditions, you can help to keep control of your car and your safety and help to prevent car accidents.
It’s equally as important to make sure that everyone in your vehicle, including yourself, is buckled in properly during each and every car ride. Seat belts save lives.
If you or someone in your family has been injured or killed in a car crash, contact the Lee Law Offices, P.A. for a free and confidential consultation. Call 1-800-887-1965 to speak with an accident lawyer today.
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Carolina Traffic Safety: Single Vehicle Crashes Can Be Dangerous Too, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, January 6, 2013