Speeding in Norfolk Will Cost You Almost $400
There are plenty of reasons not to break the speed limit. Another one is detailed in a story in the Virginian-Pilot which recently reported on how Norfolk residents who speed end up paying out more in fines than other Hampton Roads drivers, according to new research.
The information was detailed in the personal finance website NedWallet which found that the higher insurance costs that follow a speeding ticket in the Commonwealth of Virginia hit people from Norfolk harder in the pocket than almost anywhere in the state after Richmond.
The Pilot reported on how the “true cost” of a $90 ticket for breaking the speed limit in Virginia by 15 miles an hour – after the imposition of a $51 court fee and three years of higher insurance rates – came to $372.51 for people who speed in Norfolk,. That was approximately $24 more than the average cost for Virginia Beach residents and about $55 more than for those in Williamsburg.
NerdWallet said the reasons for the premium is Norfolk’s higher population density – which usually means more traffic congestion – as well as its poverty and vehicle theft rates.
The averages incorporated the three cheapest quotes in each city for driver profiles of 27-year-old single men and women and 40-year-old married men and women in a Toyota Camry and Ford Escape. The study noted that court fees will vary slightly depending on the locality.
Speed is one of the biggest causes of car accidents in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. According to SmartMotorist.com excess speed is a factor in approximately a third of all traffic accidents. The website states it’s a factor in the death of more than 40,000 people a year nationally.
If you have been hurt in a car accident in which another driver was speeding, you should call Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers at 757.455.0077 or see CooperHurley.com.