Fast & Fatal: The Deadly Risks of Speeding

Result of a serious automobile accidentA new coroner’s report on actor Paul Walker’s death suggests that the car he was riding in may have been going 100 miles per hour just before the fatal accident. Investigators haven’t found any mechanical function to cause the accident. Witnesses  have reportedly told police that the car was driving at a very high rate of speed, with some witnesses estimating the speed to be more than 100 miles per hour.

The star of the “Fast & Furious” movies was killed on Nov. 30 when he was a passenger in a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT that crashed into a light pole. The driver of the car, who was Walker’s financial adviser, also died in the crash. The two co-owned a racing team and the financial adviser also moonlighted as a professional driver.

At this point, the cause of the crash is a mystery. The driver lost control of the car, but the reason is unclear. Neither he nor Walker tested positive for drugs or alcohol. There also weren’t any other vehicles involved. The pair were driving on an isolated street that winds through office buildings and industrial complexes. Police have said that there is usually little traffic on the street, especially on weekends.

If the reports about the car’s speed are true, the accident will serve as a tragic reminder of how dangerous speeding can be. According to a study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, speeding is one of the leading causes of fatalities in car accidents. In 2011, 30 percent of all car accident fatalities were related to speeding.

The problem is especially high among young males ages. In 2011, 39 percent of all car accident deaths of men ages 15 to 20 were related to speeding. The percentage dropped to 37 percent for men ages 21 to 24 and 30 percent for men ages 25 to 34.

Speeding can be tempting, especially when you’re behind the wheel of a high-speed sports car like a Porsche. However, cars can be dangerous vehicles when not operated responsibly. As Walker’s death shows, even an experienced, semi-professional driver can lose control when the car is driving at excessive speeds.

Far too often, speeding related accidents can lead to injuries or even death for other innocent drivers or passengers on the road. If you suffer injury caused by a speeding, negligent or reckless driver, you may be able to work with an automobile accident attorney to pursue compensation for damages related to the injury.

An experienced automobile accident attorney could advise you of your options and whether a lawsuit is appropriate. If you decide to move forward with litigation, the automobile accident attorney could build a case and then advocate on your behalf in the courtroom or in settlement negotiations.

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