The fast and the fatal: street racing fatal crashes in the United States

Inj Prev. 2004 Feb;10(1):53-5. doi: 10.1136/ip.2003.003566.


The objective of this study was to determine the annual incidence of fatal motor vehicle crashes involving street racing and to describe the characteristics of these crashes compared to other fatal crashes in the United States. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Fatality Analysis Reporting System data for 1998-2001 were used for the analyses. There were 149 568 fatal crashes and 315 (0.21%) involved street racing and 399 fatalities occurred in these crashes. In contrast to other fatal crashes, street racing fatal crashes were more likely to occur on urban roadways and were nearly six times more likely to occur at travel speeds> or = 65 mph. Compared with other drivers involved in fatal crashes, street racers were more likely to be teenagers, male, and have previous crashes and driving violations. Street racing involves risky driving behaviors and warrants further attention.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Accident Proneness
  • Accidents, Traffic / mortality*
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Automobile Driving / psychology
  • Automobile Driving / statistics & numerical data*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Male
  • Risk Factors
  • Risk-Taking
  • Sex Factors
  • United States / epidemiology
  • Urban Health