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Speed: Keep It on the Track

Tue, Jan 31, 2012 at 2:05PM

     For all of us who live and work near Daytona International Speedway, it’s obvious Speed Weeks has begun from the bigger crowds everywhere you go and the roaring sound from the track.

     The action started with the Rolex 24 at Daytona. The sports car race is constant motion at high rates of speed for, as the name says, 24 hours. Of course the action continues from here and will climax with the Daytona 500.  A Daytona Beach auto accident lawyer knows that if you have a need for speed, it would be much better to watch the cars at the Speedway than trying it yourself on the roadways.

     One of the strange conundrums of modern life is that speedometers have 120 or 140 mph on them, yet you can only go as fast as the posted speed limit -- well short of the top speed of your vehicle.

     Still, speeding drivers are one of the biggest dangers on the road. While total traffic fatalities may be declining, there were still 33,808 speeding-related traffic fatalities in the 2009 (the most recent statistics available), according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Florida had the third highest number of fatalities in the nation, after California and Texas, with 2,558 speeding-related deaths.

     The raw numbers don’t begin to tell the story of the misery suffered by the families of victims throughout the country and our state. So many families are victimized each year and have to live with the loss of a loved one for the rest of their lives.

     A speeding driver is responsible for any injuries or fatalities he causes and must compensate the families for their loss.  And monetary compensation doesn’t touch the moral and ethical toll that a negligent driver must live with.

     So in every story there are two losses – the damage to families and the liability a speeding driver faces.

     A Daytona Beach auto accident lawyer encourages you to leave the speeding to the race track and keep it off the road. It’s one way everyone can enjoy a safer life with less heartbreak.

     If you have been a victim of an accident caused by a speeding driver, a Daytona Beach accident lawyer with Seitz & Tresher can advise you of your rights.


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