Speed kills. It's not the speed itself of course, but that abrupt stop that either jostles your internal organs to mush, or sends you tumbling through the air en route to another sudden stop. Point being, speed comes with consequences, and not all drivers on the road are created equal.
The good news is that speed-related deaths in the U.S. have declined over the past decade or so, especially in the youngest demographic of age 15 to 19. This comes despite speed limits which have generally increased in many areas, but there are still parts of the country where speed-related traffic fatalities are tragically high.
Compare Auto Insurance took a deep dive into data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration from 2013 through 2017, examining speeding-related fatalities in various cities. Here’s a breakdown of the top 15 where speeding deaths are the worst percentage-wise, compared to total traffic fatalities.
|City||Speed Fatalities (PCT)||Speed Fatalities||Total Traffic Fatalities||Population|
|North Las Vegas, NV||53.9%||41||76||234,389|
|Saint Louis, MO||48.6%||121||249||314,867|
|Chula Vista, CA||41.7%||25||60||264,101|
|Charlotte, NC||40.6%||159||392|| |
As the chart shows, the worst percentage doesn't equate to the most speed-related traffic fatalities. Chicago leads this list of 15 in that department with 278 deaths reported from 2013 to 2017, though its population of nearly 3 million is 10 times that of many cities in this group. Yonkers had the fewest speed-related fatalities at 16.
Hit the source link below to see the full results of the study and a comprehensive list of 111 cities around the United States.