Our readers in New Mexico have probably heard the saying “speed kills.” And, unfortunately, based on statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the saying is based in truth. The NHTSA statistics show that in 2017 alone, approximately 26 percent of all traffic fatalities in America were attributed to speeding. A whopping 9,700 people died that year due to speeding.

Most people are probably guilty of being a little heavy-footed behind the wheel from time to time. Fortunately, most of us are still able to return home safely each night. But, the reality is that many people are killed or seriously injured in car accidents that involve speeding.

Speeding may only be part of the problem. The NHTSA statistics show that of all of the drivers in 2017 who died because of speeding, an estimated 37 percent of those very same drivers were found to be under the influence of alcohol at the time of their crashes. Clearly, speed is a problem, but mixing in impaired driving can make the problem infinitely worse.

Many car accidents occur in New Mexico that can be attributed to speeding drivers. Anyone who has been injured in such a collision may have legal rights to pursue. A successful personal injury claim could lead to an award of financial compensation, which can help injured victims address the life-changing results of such a catastrophic event. If you have been injured in a car accident, it might be wise to contact an attorney to discuss your case.