Traffic Safety Facts 2006 Data: Speeding

Speeding is one of the most prevalent factors contributing to traffic crashes. The economic cost to society of speeding-related crashes is estimated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to be $40.4 billion per year. In 2006, speeding was a contributing factor in 31% of all fatal crashes, and 13,543 lives were lost in speeding-related crashes. Motor vehicle crashes cost society an estimated $7,300 per second. The total economic cost of crashes was estimated at $230.6 billion in 2000. In 2000, the cost of speeding-related crashes was estimated to be $40.4 billion — $76,865 per minute or $1,281 per second. Speeding reduces a driver’s ability to steer safely around curves or objects in the roadway, extends the distance necessary to stop a vehicle, and increases the distance a vehicle travels while the driver reacts to a dangerous situation. Additional Statistics on 2006 speeding-related crashes are provided in this traffic safety fact sheet.


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  • Accession Number: 01091278
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-810 814
  • Files: HSL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Apr 9 2008 8:40AM