On behalf of Dickman Law Offices, P.S.C. posted in Car Accidents on Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Car accidents can be devastating in Covington and elsewhere. When someone is driving recklessly, they may hurt themselves and other drivers on the road.

A new report by the Governors Highway Safety Association shows that speeding remains a big problem on roads all across the country. In fact, in 2010, slightly more than 10,500 people were killed in car accidents as the result of speeding.

In the last twelve years, the number of traffic fatalities due to the lack of seatbelt use declined 23 percent. In addition, alcohol-related fatalities declined three percent. However, fatal accidents due to speeding increased by seven percent and continue to be the cause of about one third of total traffic fatalities.

However, preventing people from speeding will be no easy task. Many people in the general public do not see speeding as a problem and many states have cut back on the number of officers patrolling the roads for those driving over the speed limit.

In addition, some states have only made the problem worse by increasing speed limits. Kentucky is one of seven states that have raised speed limits despite knowing that higher speeds pose a greater risk for traffic fatalities.

When someone is injured in a car accident, they may face a long recovery. They could spend months in the hospital and may be unable to work. However, if someone’s injuries were caused by another person’s negligence, they may be able to collect compensation through a personal injury lawsuit.

Those in Covington who have been injured in an accident may find it helpful to meet with an experienced attorney who can help an individual collect the compensation they deserve.

Source: Los Angeles Times, “Slow down! Speed a factor in almost a third of traffic fatalities,” Richard Simon, Mar. 9, 2012