Speeding is behind nearly one-third of all motor vehicle-related fatalities in Louisiana and the rest of the U.S. This major topic has been analyzed anew in a report from the Governors Highway Safety Association. Entitled, "Speeding Away from Zero: Rethinking a Forgotten Traffic Safety Challenge," it outlines some of the latest data and research on speeding as well as ways to reduce it.
Speeding is known for endangering pedestrians and bicyclists in particular. It has been shown that even a slight decrease in travel speed can drastically reduce the severity of crashes and injuries, thus saving lives. Despite the existence of state and federal policies and speeding reduction programs, speeding is still considered culturally acceptable among many drivers.
The GHSA believes that more attention should be devoted to rural roadways, which is where the majority of speeding-related crashes arise. In 2016 alone, more than 5,000 people were killed in such crashes in rural areas. To address this, the GHSA hopes that the principles of the Vision Zero road safety project can be applied to rural areas.
Other recommendations made in the report include stricter law enforcement and the building of roundabouts and other traffic pacifying structures. The GHSA is in a position to carry out these recommendations through its State Highway Safety Offices, which can also help promote better education on speeding.
While speeding may be considered culturally acceptable among some drivers, it remains a form of negligence all the same. When a speeding driver causes a car crash, an injured victim can file a personal injury claim against the applicable insurance company. However, building up a case and negotiating for a settlement are generally best done with a lawyer and his or her network of professionals.