Main Causes of Speed-Related Car AccidentsOctober 10, 2019
Speeding is one of the most common causes of fatal car accidents in this country. A recent study determined what causes drivers to exceed the speed limit. Interestingly, they found that posted speed limits did not influence speeding, but they discovered several factors that did, including age, gender, the type of road, and time of day. Understanding the common causes of speeding may help motorists make better choices when driving.
Driving-tests.org examined five years of data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). According to the data, over 37,000 fatal car accidents occur every year in the United States, and one out of three involved a driver who was speeding. According to the study, posted speed limits are somewhat arbitrary, and do not influence speeding. In fact, most of the motorists who were speeding were driving in a 20 to 35 mph zone. Most fatal crashes occurred on roads with 55 mph speed limits, which suggests that most fatal collisions occurred on roads where the speed limit was 55 mph or below.
Factors that Influence Speeding
Researchers found that the following factors had a significant influence on speeding behavior:
- More fatal car accidents occur on rural roads, compared to busy highways or urban roads. This is likely due to less traffic in these areas and the roads may not always be well-lit. In addition, there may be more drivers who are unfamiliar with the area.
- More speeding-related car accidents occur between 9:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. at night, and 12:00 a.m. and 2:00 a.m. in the morning.
- Fatal car accidents that involve speeding are more likely to occur on the weekend, peaking on Sunday when there is often less traffic. Heavy traffic often prevents speeding.
- Men are more likely to speed than women, particularly men in their 30s, who have the highest rate of fatal speed-related accidents. In fact, men have a 77 percent higher risk of being killed in a high-speed car accident. Men are also five times more likely to be involved in fatal speed-related car accidents than women.
- According to the study, enforcing stricter speed regulations does not seem to have much of an impact in preventing drivers from speeding.
- The states that have the highest incidence of speeding include South Carolina, New Mexico, Wyoming, Missouri, and Montana. New Jersey, Florida, and Massachusetts have the lowest incidence of speeding.
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