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Speed Kills

April 30, 2015, Kitchener, Ontario

Posted by: Robert Deutschmann, Personal Injury Lawyer

Speeding on provincial roads and highways is a huge factor in accident fatalities. As speed increases so does the risk of death. We know that a pedestrian hit by a car travelling less than 40 km/h is far less likely to die than someone hit at 50 km/h which is almost always fatal.

In single car accidents, or multi car accidents, speed plays a similar factor. Research at Western University in London has found that tough extreme speeding and aggressive driving laws have reduced the number of fatalities among young men.

Speed was a factor in 11,000 car accidents in 2013, and police issued almost 300,000 speeding tickets with about 3000, or 1% of those going to people driving more than 50 km/h over the speed limit. The most recent Stats Canada report shows that 27% of car fatalities and 19% of serious injuries were attributed to speeding. It’s no surprise that 40% of those speeding and involved in fatal accidents were males under 24.

Directly from the report came the sad news that

  • urban roads at night are the primary location for fatal crashes involving young adult drivers, speed, and alcohol since urban areas have a high concentration of bars, restaurants and other places where alcohol is served.

 

 

 

 

Posted under Personal Injury, Car Accidents, Drunk Driving Accidents, Pedestrian Accidents, Spinal Cord Injury

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