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Speeding: more and more severe crashes

7 September 2010

Very strong relationships have been established between speed and accident risk and severity.

Speed affects the risk of being involved in an accident. The faster you go, the harder it becomes to react in time to prevent a crash.

Speed also affects the severity of injuries in an accident. In higher speed impacts, huge amounts of energy are transferred between a vehicle and the object it hits. Part of this energy will be absorbed by the vulnerable human body.

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This month we focus on speed management.
 

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