Fatal Speeding Related Motor Vehicle Accidents in Connecticut

One of the more common negligent or reckless actions that results in a motor vehicle accident is speeding. The posted speed limits are the fastest allowable speed for those roads under perfect weather and traffic conditions. While conditions are almost never perfect, it is still very common to see people driving well over the speed limit on almost any road.

Speeding allows less time for response to unexpected changes in roadway circumstances. It also takes more time to slow down and stop a car that is moving quickly when trying to avoid roadway obstructions. When a car cannot stop in time, it will end up hitting whatever is in front of it.

Furthermore, a car moving with more speed strikes with more force. Unavoidable accidents that might only have been a fender bender at the speed limit could cause serious injury with even small increases in speed.

Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, for the available years of 2007 to 2011, show that speeding related motor vehicle accidents are truly an issue in Connecticut. The report provides data for fatal car accidents involving speeding. Over the five year period, there were 498 total roadway fatalities due to speeding. These speeding related accident fatalities made up over 36% of the total roadway fatalities over those five years. That’s an average of almost 100 lives lost every year due to speeding related motor vehicle accidents.

The following table provides a complete breakdown of speeding related motor vehicle accidents in Connecticut by year:

Year Fatalities Total Fatalities % of Total Fatalities
2007 99 296 33.45%
2008 99 302 32.78%
2009 103 224 45.98%
2010 124 320 38.75%
2011 73 220 33.18%
Total 498 1,362  
Average 99.6 272.4 36.56%

If you have been injured in a speeding related motor vehicle accident in Connecticut, or if a loved one has been injured or killed due to the negligent or reckless behavior of another driver, we are here to help you seek compensation for damage to property and injury to body. Let us show you how we handle your claim, allowing you to focus on healing yourself or your loved ones. Contact us today for a free consultation