You may have heard flying is a safer way to travel. In 2013, there were
only 90 commercial flight accidents with 90 fatalities
globally. That same year, more than 5 million reported car crashes with 32,719
deaths occurred in the United States alone. While motorcycle travel is
3,000 times more dangerous than flying, and car travel only 100 times,
those who have to commute small distances on a daily basis have to rely
on ground-based transportation.
How Can We Make Driving Safer?
There are a few obvious ways to make the streets safer, although two appear
to be the most important. In 2015, out of 125,800 reported traffic crashes,
only 7,591 were alcohol-related. Make no mistake, that’s quite a
high number. However, alcohol wasn’t the primary cause of a bulk
of the crashes. The same year, 14,052 people were injured in speed-related
auto accidents—according to the Virginia DMV, that’s a 5.04%
increase from 2014. That percentage jumps more than two points, to 7.67,
when looking at the number of people killed as a result of speeding (323
in 2015). While the number of drunk drivers on the road decreased from
2014–2015, the number of speeders increased. More than 25,000 drivers
involved in a
car accident in 2015 were exceeding either the speed limit or safe speed, and 1,260
of those drivers were going more than 70 MPH at the time of the crash.
Even in an emergency, it’s best to stay as close to the speed limit
as possible and leave enough distance between yourself and the car in
case they decide to break suddenly. For example, if you’re going
60 MPH, it will take you at least 240 feet to come to a complete and safe
stop, about the length of a building 20–24 stories high.
If you were injured in a car accident, and you think the driver at fault
may have been speeding, you may need legal representation. Fill out our
online form to speak to one of our experienced Charlottesville car accident
attorneys for a free case review.