Car Accidents Caused by Speeding
Speeding is defined as racing, driving too fast in certain weather and road conditions, or driving faster than the designated speed limit in a specific area.
While campaigns to increase using seat belts and decrease driving under the influence are on the rise, speeding still isn’t addressed as much by the media and causes a substantial amount of motor vehicle injuries and deaths.
- Speeding Definition
- Key Facts
- Speed Limits
- Common Speeding Ticket Costs
- Basic Speed Law
- Speeding Ticket Intersections
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicates the number of speeding fatalities in 2015 was 9,557 deaths. This represents a 3% increase from the amount of speeding related deaths in 2014, which was 9,283. In fact, the 9,557 speeding related fatalities in 2015, account for 27% of all roadway deaths from roadway collisions.
Key Facts About Speeding
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s 2014 Report about national speeding statistics, stated the following main key findings:
- Male drivers from age 15 to 20 years old are the highest of all age groups – to be involved in speeding fatalities at 36 percent.
- 41 percent of speeding drivers had a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher, while 17 percent of non-speeding drivers involved in fatal crashes had a BAC of .08 or higher.
- Motorcycle riders were involved in 33 percent of fatal crashes that included speeding, the highest of any vehicle on the road.
- Only 13 percent of speeding deaths happened on interstate highways.
Speed limits in California
Maximum Speed Limits
- Highways in California typically have a maximum speed limit of 65 miles per hour, except you’re permitted to drive 70 miles per hour where signage is posted.
- Unless the sign indicates a different speed, the speed limit on a two-lane highway is 55 miles per hour.
- The typical speed limit in business and residential districts is usually 25 miles per hour unless it’s noted otherwise.
- The speed limit in school zones is typically 25 miles per hour.
- Nonetheless, many school zones have lower speed limits such as 15 miles per hour or slower.
- Every road and area has a different maximum speed limit that must always be obeyed.
- High speed decreases the stopping distance between cars. In other words, driving faster. decreases your time to prevent an accident from occurring. Thus, the impact of a 60mph. collision is 4 times as catastrophic as a collision that occurs when a car is travelling 30mph.
Common Speeding Ticket Costs
Speeding doesn’t only potentially cause devastating accidents. But for those who get caught and issued tickets for failing to obey the speed limit, there are also very expensive fines that can take a deep financial toll on your wallet. Although most traffic tickets have a base fine of $35, officers are eligible to write tickets for up to the following amounts:
- Drivers travelling over 1 to 15 mph of the designated speed limit can incur a ticket fee of more than $214.
- Drivers travelling over 16 to 25 mph of the designated speed limit can incur a ticket fee of more than $360.
- Drivers travelling over 26 mph of the designated speed limit can incur a ticket fee of more than $480.
In addition to monetary costs, speeding tickets can also cost you one point on your license for each violation. In fact, if you get four points in one year in California, the DMV will suspend your license for up to six months, due to driving negligently. Furthermore, the DMV will also suspend your license if you receive 6 points within two years or eight points within 3 years.
Basic Speed Law
The state of California reinforces a “Basic Speed Law.” In other words, drivers are not permitted to go faster (than it is considered to be safe) based on the given conditions. For instance, if a driver is going 55 miles per hour in a 65 mile per hour area during a snow storm, the driver can potentially receive a ticket for driving too fast during the given conditions.
Although there will always be a posted speed limit, your speed should always be based upon the following four factors: 1) The speed of other cars on the roadway, 2) The road’s surface, 3) The number and speed of bicyclists and pedestrians in the surrounding area, and 4) The current weather conditions such as snow, rain, fog, etc.
Speeding Ticket Intersections in Los Angeles
According to a report by NBC Los Angeles, the top 5 spots for receiving speeding tickets in Los Angeles are all located within the San Fernando Valley. At the intersection of Laurel Canyon Blvd. and Canton Dr. in Studio City, NBC claims that officers issued a grand total of 750 tickets in less than six months.
NBC’s report indicates the five most common spots to receive speeding tickets include:
- Laurel Canyon Boulevard and Canton Drive in Studio City
- Sunland Way and Johanna Avenue near Sun Valley
- Nordhoff Street and Louise Avenue in Northridge
- Sepulveda Boulevard and Weddington Street in Van Nuys
- Laurel Canyon Boulevard and Rinaldi Street in San Fernando