May 24 by Andy Gillin

Do Speed Limits Influence Pedestrian and Car Accidents?

It seems like common sense that reducing the speed limit would reduce the number of car accidents on city streets and highways. But if you look at the statistics a little closer, it’s clear that speed limit has little impact on the frequency of car accidents, and in some cases, higher speed limits have led to even safer roads. In 2008, for example, Purdue University reported that higher speed limits in Indiana had no impact on the number of car accidents. But anecdotal evidence shows that highways and city streets react differently to higher speed limits, due partially to the existence of pedestrians and cyclists within city limits.

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