Transportation Safety Topics - Speed Management
Speed is a factor in every motor vehicle collision; either the actual cause of the collision or severity of the collision. The high school physics formula is Mass (weight) x Velocity (speed) = Force. So the larger the vehicle, the greater the speed the more force or energy is generated in the crash. This force is what creates the damage; to people, to vehicles and/or other property. Understanding this principle clearly illustrates why controlling and managing speed is so critically important.