## In this unit:Injuries and Damage as they relate to speed |
## What happens to the passengers in an accident?It has been found that above 65 kph (kilometers per hour) travel speed, the chance of being in a vehicle accident doubles for every 5 kph increase in speed (University of Adelaide). Thus, for a vehicle traveling at 70 kph the chance of being in a fatal accident doubles; when traveling at 75 kmh the chance increases by a factor of four. Traveling at lower speeds corresponds to a reduction in fatality rates. Two main factors contribute to the fatality rate and speed, they are braking distance and reaction rate. |