Whether we’d like to admit it or not, we’ve all sped while driving at least once in our lives. You may have sped to the hospital so your significant other could give birth to your first child or raced down the highway to be on time for a big meeting. Just because speeding is a common occurrence doesn’t mean it should be.
According to the most recent data from the Texas Department of Public Safety, there were roughly 3.8 million traffic citations and warnings, in 2016 alone, more than 1,200 Texas drivers were stopped for speeding over 110 mph or faster. The fastest recorded speeder was a man driving 176 mph in a 65 mph zone of Interstate 45 in Galveston County. Another driver in Tarrant County was ticketed at 5:53 a.m. driving 145 mph on a 70 mph stretch of Interstate 20.
While speeding is something every driver does at least once or twice, it’s not something that should be looked over. Russ Martin, the Director of Government Relations for the Governors Highway Safety Association stated, “Speeding has been around forever, and it’s still a threat on our roads, speeding is dangerous.”
It’s important for drivers to remember that at least one person is injured in Texas every two minutes and seventeen seconds in a motor vehicle accident, according to data from the Texas Department of Transportation. The flat, open, Texas roads and highways such as I-27, I-20, I-40, and Loop 289 lend a false sense of security and can often lead drivers to “safe speeding” and “highway hypnosis.”
Engineers, for instance, set speed limits after they determine the maximum safe speed for a section of roadway. When a driver exceeds that safe speed, they are then operating their vehicle past the edge of control, opening them up to the possibility of a car accident or even death.
Lubbock Auto Accident Attorneys
If you or someone you love was injured in an auto accident where speeding was involved, contact Liggett Law Group today. We are a local Lubbock law firm that fights passionately for our clients so they can focus on their recovery. Call our Lubbock reckless driving accident attorneys today for a free consultation.