Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reveals that 916 people lost their lives on California's roads in 2012 in accidents involving excessive speed. Only Texas had a higher number of speeding-related deaths. According to the agency, speeding played a part in 30 percent of all fatal accidents around the country in that year, and the problem claimed the lives of more than 10,000 people that year.
The figures indicate that younger motorists are more likely to be involved in speeding-related motor vehicle accidents, and male drivers are more likely to be behind the wheel. In 2012, drivers in a speeding-related fatal accident had a BAC at or over the legal limit 42 percent of the time, while only 16 percent of the drivers involved in fatal accidents where excessive speed was not a factor had a BAC of .08 percent or above.
According to NHTSA, high speed accidents are most likely to occur between the hours of midnight and 3:00 a.m. Drivers involved in these early morning crashes are found to be over the legal drink driving limit 69 percent of the time. The passengers of speeding drivers often also act recklessly, and first responders report that almost half of them were not wearing safety belts when a fatal accident occurred.
The injuries associated with high speed collisions are often catastrophic and life changing in nature, and accident victims are often unable to earn a living for prolonged periods. Driving at a speed in excess of the posted limit may often be viewed as negligence, and an attorney for a victim who is injured in an accident caused by such a driver may choose to file a civil lawsuit against the responsible party seeking compensation for the damages that the client has incurred.