18th November 2019

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How does speed increase your risk of an accident?

— An increase in average speed of 1 km/h typi- cally results in a 3% higher risk of a crash involving injury, with a 4–5% increase for crashes that result in fatalities. — Speed also contributes to the severity of the impact when a collision does occur.

Hereof, do higher speed limits cause more accidents?

No, but they do cause more severe ones. Accidents that occur at high speeds are more often fatal, since high-velocity objects collide with greater force. A study of Iowa's 1996 increase of the state speed limit from 55 to 65 mph concluded that this speed hike caused a jump in traffic accidents.
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