Facts And Statistics About Speed

10th July 2014

RoSPA, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents publishes the following facts and statistics about speed on its web site:

  • Speeding and excessive speed causes thousands of serious accidents and injuries every year.
  • Excessive speed contributes to 24% of collisions in which someone is killed, 15% of crashes resulting in a serious injury and 14% of all injury collisions. In 2010, 241 people were killed in crashes involving someone exceeding the speed limit and a further 180 people died when someone was travelling too fast for the conditions.
  • Approximately two-thirds of all crashes in which people are killed or injured happen on roads with a speed limit of 30 mph or less.
  • Several studies have shown the extent to which speed increases the risk of injury, and this is also shown in the simulator.
  • The risk of a pedestrian who is hit by a car being killed increases slowly until impact speeds of around 30 mph. Above this speed, the risk increases rapidly, so that a pedestrian who is hit by a car travelling at between 30 mph and 40 mph is between 3.5 and 5.5 times more likely to be killed than if hit by a car travelling at below 30 mph.

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