Although most drivers realize that speeding causes many accidents, injuries and deaths, some drivers do not understand just how prevalent these accidents are. Speed-related crashes continue to turn far too many lives upside down, and you should do everything you can to avoid becoming involved in such an accident (including watching out for erratic or aggressive drivers).
Sadly, statistics reveal that many families continue to face these devastating hardships because other drivers fail to respect the speed limit.
Data on speeding and traffic collision injuries and deaths
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration published statistics on speeding accidents, and this data reveals that speeding played a role in 13% of injury accidents and 28% of deadly collisions in 2020. Over the course of 2020, estimates suggest that more than 300,000 people suffered injuries in crashes that occurred due to speeding, and over 11,200 people lost their lives in these accidents.
Other statistics on speed-related crashes
The NHTSA also reports that among speeding accident deaths in which the roadway function became identified, 87% took place on non-interstate roads. In addition, speeding deaths during 2020 increased by 17% in comparison to 2019.
Drivers speed for a host of reasons, and it is crucial to keep in mind that speed-related collisions can occur on any road. Sometimes, drivers accidentally speed because they do not pay attention to how fast they are traveling, while others have no regard for traffic safety guidelines. Drivers who cause others to suffer injuries and other difficulties because of their failure to respect the speed limit must face consequences.