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Over a quarter of traffic deaths in 2018 due to speeding

On Behalf of | Sep 25, 2020 | car accidents

You were fortunate to survive the speeding-related car crash that you were in here in Kokomo, Indiana, since many die. To give some perspective on the issue, 26% of all U.S. traffic fatalities in 2018 involved a driver who was either breaking the speed limit or going too fast for road and weather conditions. That came to 9,378 deaths, or an average of over 25 each day.

This represents a notable decrease when compared to 2010, when speeding-related crashes caused 10,508 deaths, or 32% of all traffic fatalities. But the numbers are nonetheless tragic. Everyone knows that drivers who speed have less time to react and are less likely to be protected by safety structures like guardrails and median dividers.

The link between speeding and age

Among those drivers involved in a speeding-related crash, 30% of male drivers aged 15 to 20, 29% of males aged 21 to 24 and a quarter of men aged 25 to 34 were found to have been speeding. Among women in these age groups, 18%, 14% and 14% were found to be speeding. Across all age groups, men were more likely to speed than women. As age increased, the percentages decreased.

When alcohol and road conditions are involved

Speeding and alcohol abuse sometimes go hand in hand. Among those drivers involved in fatal speeding-related accidents in 2018, 42% between the ages of 25 and 44 were discovered to have been impaired. Among those between 55 and 64 years old, 32% were impaired.

The data also shows how adverse road conditions lead to crashes. While only 16% of fatal accidents on dry roads involved speeding, 45% of crashes on dirty, muddy or gravelly roads did. Speeding factored as well in 41% of fatal crashes where the roads were icy or frosted over.

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