From the use of alcohol or drugs to drowsiness and distractions, there are an array of reasons why drivers cause deadly motor vehicle accidents. However, it is important to remember that drivers who speed also play a role in many of these crashes in San Francisco, and in other cities across the whole state of California. Moreover, it is important to realize how prevalent this dangerous behavior actually is.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 18 percent of fatal auto accidents during 2015 involved a driver who was speeding at the time of the crash. Over the course of the year, more than 32,000 fatal wrecks took place, and over 35,000 lives were lost. Clearly, speeding is particularly problematic and plays a role in many of the deadly auto crashes that occur.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also warns drivers of the importance of following the speed limit at all times. In 2013, the CDC says that over 9,500 fatalities were the result of a speeding driver. Sadly, if drivers had obeyed traffic safety laws and operated their vehicles safely, thousands of lives could have been saved.

Unfortunately, it is inevitable that drivers will continue to reach dangerous speeds and ignore laws. Some intentionally reach excessive speeds, while others may accidentally speed—but both can claim lives. For the families of those whose lives are cut short in an accident caused by a speeding driver, or any other type of negligent driver, it is vital to make sure they are held accountable.