These statistics show that speeding and aggressive driving are serious safety problems in our state, on par with drunk driving.
Scranton, PA (Vocus/PRWEB) March 12, 2011
Scranton personal injury attorney J. Christopher Munley called today for greater efforts to prevent speeding and aggressive driving in light of statistics showing that Pennsylvania car accident fatalities are on the rise.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation recently reported that 1,324 people died in state highway crashes in 2010, marking an increase of 68 deaths from the year before.
Speeding and aggressive driving-related deaths climbed significantly, going from 361 fatalities in 2009 to 452 during the past year – an increase of 91 deaths. In contrast, drunk driving deaths increased by only two, going from 442 in 2009 to 444.
“These statistics show that speeding and aggressive driving are serious safety problems in our state, on par with drunk driving,” said Munley, the managing partner of Munley, Munley & Cartwright, P.C., a Scranton, Pennsylvania personal injury law firm that represents car accident victims throughout the region.
“Just as targeted enforcement and public awareness campaigns have helped to curb drunk driving in our state, we need to undertake the same efforts to stop speeding and aggressive driving,” he said.
The statutory speed limits throughout Pennsylvania are 65 miles per hour on certain highways and freeways and 55 mph on other highways, except where there are work zones, steep declines or sharp curves. In most cities, the speed limits are 35 mph generally and 15 mph in school zones.
“No matter what the speed limit sign says, the rule in Pennsylvania is that you cannot drive at a speed greater than what is ‘reasonable and prudent’ for the conditions,” Munley said. “So, if you’re driving fast in rain, snow, ice, fog or other conditions, you’re speeding. It’s dangerous driving.”
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has defined aggressive driving as an individual committing “a combination of moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or property.” It can include speeding, racing, making dangerous passes or running through red lights and stop signs, among other acts.
“Several years ago, states around the country began campaigns that led to drunk driving being socially unacceptable and strongly punished, and that has helped to improve what was a tremendous drunk driving problem in our state and country,” Munley said. “We need to do the same for speeding and aggressive driving today.”
In addition to a larger number of deaths due to speeding and aggressive driving, PennDOT statistics showed that fatalities actually increased in 2010 in numerous categories, including motorcyclist deaths (from 204 in 2009 to 223) and bicyclist fatalities (from 16 to 21).
“Keep in mind that these aren’t just statistics. These are fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, wives and husbands who have been lost due to the carelessness of another,” Munley said.
If a family has lost a loved one in a speeding or aggressive driving crash, Munley suggests contacting a Pennsylvania car accident attorney to learn more about their legal options.
“It’s important to take legal action that will secure funds a family needs to carry on,” he said. “A wrongful death lawsuit can also send a strong message to reckless drivers that will, hopefully, keep other families from suffering the same tragedy.”
About Munley, Munley & Cartwright, P.C.
Munley, Munley & Cartwright, P.C., is a Pennsylvania personal injury law firm that represents motor vehicle accident victims, including those involved in car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, bus accidents, drunk driving (or DUI / DWI) accidents, SUV rollovers and van rollovers, including providing advice and counsel on issues involving auto insurance law.
Additionally, the firm has more than 40 years of experience in representing victims and consumers in personal injury litigation that includes medical malpractice, defective products, toxic chemicals, workplace injuries, nursing home litigation and other serious accidents.
Munley, Munley & Cartwright, P.C., has offices throughout Pennsylvania, including Scranton, Stroudsburg, Carbondale, Plains, Hazleton and Hamlin. To contact the law firm, call (800) 318-LAW1 or visit the firm's website.