Although the 9,378 speed-related motor vehicle accident deaths in 2018 dropped by 6%, speeding is still a major contributor to motor vehicle crashes. According to the NHTSA, 31% of males aged 15-20 years old were speeding and involved in fatal crashes. In 2017, 49% of speeding drivers in fatal crashes were not wearing seatbelts.
Additionally, speeding was a contributing factor in 27% of all accidents in 2017. There are many reasons why drivers may choose to speed. Two primary contributing factors are traffic and running late. Other reasons cited for speeding were anonymity and a general disregard for the law and others.
11 Alive reports that rapper Lil Yachty wrecked his Ferrari on the Downtown Connector.
The accident occurred last Monday when the rapper, also known as Miles Park McCollum, lost control of his vehicle and then spun 770 feet across seven lanes.
McCollum was about a mile south of University Avenue in the HOV lane at about 3 p.m. He lost control of his vehicle, hit the median, and then spun out. The Ferarri 488 continued, hitting a concrete wall, finally coming to a rest between the seventh and emergency lanes.
A witness indicated to Georgia State Patrol that McCollum was speeding. The weather at the time was rainy and the road was wet.
McCollum was not injured in the accident and was charged with basic violation of driving rules, speeding, improper driving of roadways landed for traffic, and driving in the HOV lane.
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