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Speed is often a contributing factor in fatal car accidents

Speeding -- there are those in Maryland who do it because they do not think speed limits apply to them, others who do it to go with the flow of traffic and those who do not realize they are doing it because they just aren't paying attention. Every day, numerous people are stopped and cited for doing this because of how dangerous it is. Many people may not be aware that speeding is often a contributing factor in fatal car accidents, which is why police work hard to stop those who fail to abide by the posted limits. 

According to a recently published article, speeding is a factor in about 22% of all fatal car accident cases. That makes this the leading cause of deadly collisions in the United States, which may be surprising to some people. Driving under the influence, which most people would think is behind more fatal crashes, is only responsible for roughly 14% of them.

How bad is this problem in the state of Maryland? According to local and national data, 18.4% of all fatal collisions that happen here are the result of individuals driving over the posted limits. If looking at the different rank positions for the highest percentage of fatal accidents resulting from speeding, Maryland falls in the 26th position. There are many other states where this is a bigger problem, but there are also plenty of other states where this issue is not as prominent. 

Those who fail to obey speed limits are said to be driving negligently. If fatal car accidents result from such behavior, the surviving family members of the victims may be entitled to seek compensation for their losses, which they can do by filing claims in a Maryland civil court. With the assistance of counsel, negligence may be successfully established, making it possible for maximum relief to be achieved through out-of-court settlement negotiations or, if necessary, litigation.

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