Many drivers consider speeding to be a minor offense. In fact, speeding is a leading cause of car accidents. According to the Washington State Department of Transportation, speed was a factor in 101,576 motor vehicle collisions in the State of Washington in 2010, accounting for 23 percent of all wrecks that year. Speeding on state routes is particularly dangerous. In 2010, speed was a factor in 32 percent of collisions on state routes, 27 percent of collisions on county roads and 12 percent of collisions on city streets.
Not surprisingly, young drivers are the most likely to be involved in speed-related collisions, such as a one-car accident Nov. 19 near Granger, Washington, that injured a 20-year-old driver and a 15-year-old passenger. According to a report by the Yakima Herald, the two were in a speeding Honda Accord that struck a dirt embankment. Charges in the accident were pending.
Drivers ages 16 to 20 were involved in 5,144 speed-related collisions in Washington, including 27 fatal wrecks, in 2010. Drivers ages 21 to 25 were involved in 34 fatal accidents that year. By comparison, drivers in the 41 to 45 age group were involved in 1,488 speed related collisions in 2010, including 12 fatal accidents.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a Washington State car accident caused by a speeding driver, you should speak to a Washington State car accident attorney. You will need a lawyer to help you through the legal process and hold the responsible driver accountable. To get maximum compensation for your injuries, you should seek an experienced motor vehicle accident lawyer to advocate on your behalf.