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Speeding blamed for fatal motor vehicle accidents

Speeding is all too often the major ingredient of a fatal car accident in North Carolina. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently issued its findings on 2015 traffic deaths and found that speeding was involved with 9,557, or 27 percent, of the 35,095 crash fatalities in the United States. This was a three percent raise from the 9,283 speeding deaths in 2014.

The news was worst for North Carolina, which was the state with the fourth highest rate of fatalities in the country. Speeding involving at least one driver played a role 40 percent of crash deaths in 2015, or 547 of the 1,379 traffic deaths that year. The NHTSA also found that 54 speeding deaths took place on interstates in North Carolina.

Crash deaths in states depend on several factors such as size and population, roadway mileage and the number of vehicle miles that were travelled. Texas had the highest number of speeding deaths and suffered 1,105 fatalities. The District of Columbia had 7 deaths which was the lowest. New Hampshire suffered the highest percentage with 49 percent of crash fatalities linked to speeding.

Alcohol played an oversized role in national deaths. In every state, according to the NHTSA, speeding drivers were drinking more frequently than drivers who did not speed.

The NHTSA found that 45 percent of all drivers who were speeding and involved in a fatal accident were drinking. This compares to 20 percent of non-speeding motorists involved in deadly accidents. In North Carolina, alcohol was involved in half of the fatal crashes attributed to speeding.

Younger drivers, those under 24, had the highest percentage of drivers killed in these accidents in the United States. In this group, 32 percent of fatalities were attributed to a speeding.

Families who suffer the loss of a loved one from an impaired or reckless driver may want to seek legal assistance. A lawyer may help obtain materials that can be important for a wrongful death lawsuit, such as police reports, crash analysis and blood alcohol content reports.

Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, "Speeding," Accessed May 7, 2017

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