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Speed Can Dramatically Affect the Outcome of a Car Accident

iStock_60379500LARGE-1024x768.jpgLast December, a devastating car accident left three injured and a young man dead in Monroe County. There was very little physical evidence to indicate what caused the accident. But recently, analysis of vehicle data painted a clear picture.

Georgia State Patrol analyzed data from the car's air bag control module. This component monitors several sensors in the vehicle, including vehicle speed. The police now know that two seconds before the crash, the 18-year-old driver was traveling at 114mph. The vehicle then struck an embankment, a telephone pole and vaulted 125 feet into the air before reaching its final stop against a tree.

How a Little Speed Can Make an Accident a Whole Lot Worse

Speeding is one of the most prevalent factors contributing to traffic crashes. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that the annual cost to society of speeding-related car accidents is in the realm of $40 billion. Nearly one-third of fatal car accidents involve speeding, amounting to approximately 10,000 deaths every year. Speeding-related fatalities have been on the decline since 2003, but more can be done to reduce deaths due to speeding.

Given that Georgia was ranked the 4th highest for road deaths in the country last year and that young drivers are at particular risk of injury and death due to speeding, take the time to talk to your teens about the dangers of speeding. Road conditions can change in an instant. A tire can pop. Traffic can stop suddenly. By speeding, drivers lose precious seconds to react, and that time can make all the difference.

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