When North Carolina drivers speed, they might be more likely to cause accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2015 statistics indicate that more than 90% of motor vehicle accidents had speed as a factor. The agency also reported that speed was involved in over 25% of traffic-related deaths in 2017. Data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety supports this figure, with the organization saying that speed has contributed to more than 25 percent of deaths in motor vehicle accidents for the last decade.
As a result, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has chosen to focus on speed for Operation Safe Driver Week in 2019. During the mid-July event, law enforcement will be looking for speeding among both passenger and commercial vehicles. In 2014, the organization found that citations for certain traffic violations reduced the number of overall accidents and nonfatal injuries. According to the president of the organization, driver behavior does change after contact with law enforcement.
Law enforcement will track other dangerous behaviors as well, including texting, lack of seat belt compliance, and improper lane changes. It will also look for signs of drunk, drugged, aggressive and reckless driving. During Operation Safe Driver Week in 2018, more than 1,900 drivers of commercial vehicles and over 16,900 drivers of passenger vehicles received speeding citations.
While it is dangerous for any driver to speed or commit other traffic violations, it can be particularly dangerous when the driver is in a commercial vehicle. When 18-wheeler accidents happen, the size of the vehicles means that the damage and injuries to smaller vehicles and the people in them could be catastrophic. Injured victims might want to have the help of a lawyer when seeking compensation for their losses.