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The rate of speed affects car accidents

On Behalf of | Aug 13, 2021 | Car Accidents |

Residents of Columbus and nearby areas of Ohio may want to learn more about how your rate of speed may affect a car accident. In 2019, speeding was present in 26 percent of traffic deaths.

According to nsc INJURY FACTS, speeding killed an average of 25 people per day in 2019. However, speeding deaths has decreased since 2010. Racing, driving too fast for conditions or exceeding the posted speed limit were all factors that contributed to these deaths.

Young male drivers at risk

Young male drivers in the 16-20 and 21-24 year age groups were the most likely to be speeding when they crashed. In 2019, at least 30% of the male drivers in these age ranges were speeding, while female drivers in the same range totaled 17 to 18%.

What were the conditions of the road?

Fatal crashes caused by speeding happened in certain road conditions. They were the following:
• 16% of drivers on dry roads
• 19% on wet roads
• 39% on roads with slush or snow
• 40% on roads with moving or standing water
• 41% on roads with mud, dirt, or gravel
• 43% on roads with ice or frost
Personal injury was not the subject of this study; the study involved fatal crashes. However, serious injuries happen in the same types of road conditions.

Alcohol impairment plays a major roll in fatal speeding accidents

25% of drivers in the age group under 21 were in fatal crashes. However, in the age group of 21 to 44, over 40% of the drivers had alcohol impairment. Over this age, the percent of drivers falls to 32% for drivers age 55 to 64. Fatalities continue declining with age.