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Speed a major factor in car crashes according to NTSB

According to a study from the National Transportation Safety Board, speed has led to an increase in traffic deaths in Georgia and throughout the country. The agency believes that a driver who is speeding is similar to one who is drunk. Both types of motorists are likely to get into accident, and both are likely to hurt or kill someone as a result.

The key difference between drunk drivers and those who speed is that there is less of a stigma surrounding speeding. One NTSB recommendation would be to increase the penalties for speeding to match those a driver receives for driving while impaired. Research has shown that the speed at which a pedestrian is hit has an impact on the odds of surviving it. After being struck by a car going 30 miles per hour, a person has a 60 percent chance of survival. A person who is hit by a vehicle traveling 40 miles per hour only has a 40 percent chance of surviving the collision.

The study noted that speed cameras may work as tools to enforce speed limits. However, they are illegal in several states. While changes in road design may also force drivers to reduce their speed, some have complained about increasing commute times and other inconveniences.

A person who is injured in a collision caused by a speeding driver could be entitled to compensation for medical bills and other costs. Lost wages during the recovery period could also be sought in a settlement or jury award. An attorney can use physical evidence at the scene of a crash to help determine a driver's speed at the time of the collision.

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