Are Speed Humps Dangerous? Do speed bumps create more harm than good?
There is a growing concern among consumers and organizations such as The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for post-crash fires caused by fuel leakage in high-impact rear collisions caused by speed bumps. The high-pressure spare tire’s close proximity, in most cases, to the fuel tank can be an explosion hazard for vehicles involved in rear-impact collisions at speed humps.
School bus rear ended at speed bump
A 2003 study conducted by the NHTSC concluded that speed humps have caused a significant and statistically lethal increase in rear-end collisions resulting from drivers colliding into vehicles slowing down for speed humps.
The study evaluated accident statistics before and after speed humps were installed. This is significant for people who drive expensive cars, luxury cars and sports cars, which because of their lower ground clearance must slow down considerably more than a typical mini-van or economy sedan.
As a result, we extend a warning when approaching speed humps to be aware of drivers following you who may be distracted and not see the vehicle in front of them (you) slowing down.
According to the NHTSC in 2002 alone, 37 people were killed in the United States as a result of being re-ended when slowing down for a speed hump. Deaths were most often the result of the fuel tank exploding with driver and passengers trapped in the vehicle.
Communities knowingly installing and maintaining speed humps that are aware of these dangerous safety flaws inherent to speed humps can be found legally liable, according to leading litigation attorneys.