TREND In Focus: Speed-Related Crashes

The March 2021 Issue of Nevada’s Traffic Research and Education Newsletter (TREND) contains the following article about Crash and Trauma Outcomes for Motor Vehicle Occupants.

TREND In Focus: Speed-Related Crashes – Crash and Trauma Outcomes for Motor Vehicle Occupants
By Laura K. Gryder, MA, Samantha A. Slinkard-Barnum, MPH, and Deborah A. Kuhls, MD

Vehicle speed is a major contributing factor to crashes and related injuries. The faster a vehicle is traveling, the more likely the driver may: 1) lose control, 2) require more time and distance to stop, and 3) experience increased crash and related injury severity. In Nevada, speed was a major contributing factor to 1/3 of all traffic deaths from 2014-2018. This quarter’s TREND In Focus presents an analysis of trauma outcomes for motor vehicle occupants injured on Nevada highways with posted speeds of 55+ MPH. A comparison is made between highways with 55-65 MPH posted speeds and 70+ MPH highways. For additional details we encourage you to dive into the full newsletter at the following link: TREND 10.2, and the simplified visualization of this analysis in Infographic 4.2.

Source: TREND Vol. 10, Issue 2, March 2021