2020 SafeTREC Traffic Safety Facts: Speeding-Related Crashes

A speeding-related crash is defined as one where a driver is speeding, racing, driving too fast for the conditions, or driving in excess of the posted speed limit. In the United States, in 2018, over one in four (25.7 percent) fatalities involved speeding, a steady decline from a decade ago. Speeding reduces a driver’s ability to steer safely around curves or objects, reduces the amount of time a driver has to react to a dangerous situation, and extends safe stopping distances. Analyses presented in the police traffic services program area refer to speeding-related fatal and serious injuries.
Fortin, Garrett
Cooper, Jill F.
Publication date: 
August 5, 2020
Publication type: 
Fact Sheet