Speeding is a major factor in traffic deaths and injuries. The role of speeding in crashes is described in terms of its effect on the driver, the vehicle, and the road. Below outlines the NSC analysis of NHTSA FARS data for speeding accident statistics.
Table of Contents
- Quick Facts
- Speeding-related fatalities by year
- Percent of total traffic deaths related to speeding
- Speeding related deaths by state (2020)
- For more than two decades, speeding has been involved in approximately one-third of all motor vehicle fatalities.
- Speeding was a factor in 29% of all traffic fatalities in 2020, killing 11,258, or an average of over 30 people per day.
- The total number of fatal motor-vehicle crashes attributable to speeding was 10,136.
- A crash is considered speeding-related if the driver was charged with a speeding-related offense or if racing, driving too fast for conditions, or exceeding the posted speed limit was indicated as a contributing factor in the crash.
- 2020 marked a reversal regarding the recent progress that has been made in reducing speeding-related deaths. Speeding-related deaths increased 17% from 2019 and were the most deaths recorded since 2008. Speeding deaths now represent 29% of all traffic fatalities, up from 26% in 2019.
- The proportion of speeding-related crashes to all fatal crashes in 2020 decreased as the age of the driver increased.
- Young male drivers in the 15-20 and 21-24 year age groups were the most likely to be speeding at the time of fatal crashes. In 2020, at least 32% of male drivers in these age groups that were involved in fatal crashes were speeding at the time of the crash, compared to 18% of female drivers in these two youngest age groups.
- In 2020, speeding was a factor in fatal crashes for 45% on roads with moving or standing water.
- In 2020, there were 1,228 traffic fatalities related to speeding in California, second to Texas at 1,446.
Speeding-related fatalities by year
|Year||Speeding- related deaths|
Percent of total traffic deaths related to speeding
|Year||Percent of total traffic deaths related to speed|
Speeding related deaths by state, 2020
|State||Total speeding related deaths|
|District of Columbia||16|
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