Speeding is the main contributor to thousands of fatal car accidents every year. The rates of speeding-related crashes have fluctuated over the decades, and the rates have increased since 2020. Safety experts continue to claim that reckless speeding is the cause of many fatalities in car accidents in Alaska.
Speeding is a major contributor to fatal crashes
In 2020, speeding was a leading cause of fatal car crashes in the U.S. at a rate of 29% of all accidents. As a result, nearly 30 people a day are killed due to speeding.
Speeding is proportional to age
As the driver’s age increases, the proportion of motor vehicle accidents caused by speeding decreases. Young male drivers had the highest rates of fatalities in speed-related accidents.
The rate of speeding has increased
The number of speed-related deaths has increased since 2019 when only 26% of deaths occurred. However, the rates of speeding were higher than 32% from 2000 to 2007. In 2008, the rates began to decline but increased to 29% in 2020.
Road conditions matter
Poor road and weather conditions increase the rate of fatal accidents. The number of collisions was higher on watery roads than on snowy roads, so drivers are most likely to skid and cause serious accidents during floods or in rainy conditions.
Speeding is a major cause of death in motor vehicle accidents in the U.S. In 2020, fatal speeding-related crashes reached 29%, an increased percentage since 2019. Distracted driving and dangerous road conditions increase the risks of collisions due to speeding. Age and gender are additional risk factors that are considered in fatal car accidents.