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Colorado residents should know that speeding is behind a lot of fatal crashes every year. In 2018, for instance, it factored into 8,447 fatal accidents, or 26% of all deadly crashes. The number of fatalities came to 9,378. While this represents a decrease from earlier years, such as the 10,508 fatal crashes that happened in 2010, the numbers are, nevertheless, high.

The link between speeding and age

As a person grows older, he or she is less likely to speed. The age groups that are the most likely to speed at the time of a crash are the younger ones. In 2018, 30% of males and 18% of females between the ages of 15 and 20 who were in fatal crashes were found to have been speeding just before getting into the accidents.

Among 21- to 24-year-olds, the percentages were 29% and 14% for men and women respectively. Among 25- to 34-year-olds, they were 25% and 14%. In every age group, men were more likely than women to speed.

Road conditions a contributing factor

Speeding-related crashes tended to happen on roads with slippery surfaces. Forty-five percent of crashes on roads with dirt, mud or gravel involved speeding as did 41% of accidents on frosty or icy roads and 37% of collisions on roads with standing or moving water.

Crash victims may seek compensation

Like many victims of auto accidents, you may have been harmed through the other driver’s negligence. In that case, you’re entitled to compensation for your injuries, including the cost of medical treatments and whatever wages you could not earn during your physical recovery. For the strongest case possible, you may want a lawyer to help you. An attorney may negotiate a settlement with the auto insurance company, sidestepping any tactics on its part to force you into a lowball settlement.