Speed-Related Crashes on Rural Roads in North Carolina

An analysis of speed-related crashes occurring on rural areas within North Carolina between 1994 and 1999 resulted in these key findings:

  • 44 percent of speed-related crashes took place on secondary roads, where roadway design standards are lower than for other types of roadways.
  • Speed-related crashes were overrepresented on curved sections of roadway.
  • Two of the most frequent speed-related crash types were ran-off-road (48 percent) and rear-end (40 percent), together accounting for nearly 90 percent of the total.
  • Young male drivers, ages 16-25 years old, were more often charged with a speed-related violation in these crashes than any other male or female age group. Young females were also overrepresented as speeding drivers, but to a lesser extent.
  • For crashes occurring on rural secondary roads, 36 percent of the speeding drivers were young males.