According to the NHTSA, 30 percent of fatal car crashes were related to speeding in 2012, which led to 10,219 deaths. That represented an increase of 2 percent from 2011 when there were 10,001 such deaths reported. The economic impact of such crashes is believed to be about $40.2 billion each year. Male drivers between the ages of 15 and 20 were most likely to have been involved in a speeding-related fatal crash.
Among females, drivers between the ages of 15 and 20 were also the most likely to be involved in a fatal accident in which speeding was a factor. However, they were only involved in 24 percent of these crashes compared to 37 percent for males of the same age range. Both males and females were less likely to be involved in a fatal crash while speeding as they got older.
Alcohol also plays a role in whether or not a driver is likely to be speeding prior to a fatal collision. About half of the drivers between the ages of 21 and 24 who were in fatal car crashes involving excessive speed also had a blood alcohol content of .08 percent or higher. Overall, 42 percent of drivers who were in speed-related fatal accidents were found to have had a blood alcohol level of .08 percent or higher.
Those who are injured in motor vehicle accidents may wish to pursue legal action against the driver who caused the crash. Many find the assistance of a personal injury attorney valuable when reviewing available evidence in an attempt to demonstrate negligence on the part of the responsible party.