Life in the Fast Lane

by Terry Bryant

fast driving dangers

Is Speed Deadlier Than Distraction?

Do you know what the leading behavior involved in traffic fatalities is? Drunk driving? Distracted driving?

No—according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), driving too fast was the leading behavior involved in traffic fatalities in 2014. In 18.8% of fatal crashes, driving too fast was reported, followed by driving under the influence in 12.3% of these incidents.

Houston freeways are full of fast drivers, even when traffic is clogging multiple lanes of the roadway. It is not uncommon to have a driver zip past a stopped line of vehicles by moving onto the shoulder.

Although traffic fatalities have certainly decreased with advancement in vehicular technology, human error is still responsible for deaths that could have been avoided.

When you are behind the wheel, take a proactive stance in decreasing the number of traffic fatalities by monitoring the following behaviors which, according to the NTHSA, were the leading human behaviors reported in traffic fatalities in 2014:

  • Driving too fast
  • Driving under the influence
  • Failure to keep in proper lane
  • Failure to yield right of way
  • Distracted driving
  • Careless driving
  • Overcorrecting/oversteering
  • Failure to obey traffic signs
  • Driving recklessly, negligently
  • Swerving or avoiding

If you or someone you know has been injured in an auto accident, contact a board certified personal injury attorney to evaluate your potential claim.