Speed Kills. Just ask a Greenville car accident lawyer. South Carolina ranks third nationally in speed related traffic deaths.
During 2019, an estimated 36,600 people were killed in automobile accidents, 4.5 million people were injured and some 23 million vehicles were damaged, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which noted car crashes cost Americans $340 billion during the year.
NHTSA reported that people not directly involved in crashes pay roughly three-quarters of all crash costs through insurance premiums, taxes, congestion-related costs (such as lost time), excess fuel and increased environmental impact.
“When it comes to roadway deaths, we have a crisis that’s urgent, unacceptable — and preventable,” Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg said in a release. “We cannot and must not accept that these fatalities are somehow an inevitable part of life in America.”
Around 29% of all deadly roadway accidents in the U.S. are caused by a speeding driver, according to Forbes Advisor, which reported an average of 30 deaths each day can be attributed to speed-related crashes.
On top of the emotional toll traffic deaths cause, they also result in millions in wage and productivity losses, medical and administration expenses, vehicle damage and employers’ costs, according to the National Safety Council.
South Carolina “proudly” ranks 3rd nationally….following only California ( 2nd) and Texas ( 1st). Its not much safer in our sister states of North Carolina (4th) and Georgia (8th). If you have bene injured in a car accident caused by the negligence of someone else, contact a car accident attorney to learn more about how they can help you.
Credit Steve Hallo, managing editor of PropertyCasualty360.com.