Dallas, 04/04/2017 /SubmitPressRelease123/
When you’re driving on the highway, it can sometimes feel like you’ve somehow ended up in the middle of a NASCAR race instead of your daily commute. With each passing year, people seem to drive faster and faster — and semi-truck drivers are no exception.
Now, a number of states are pushing to raise maximum speed limits — something that safety experts worry will cause more accidents to occur. Furthermore, studies show that faster speeds mean more car and truck accident deaths and injuries.
Some States Want to Push the Limits of Speed
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, some states have already raised their speed limits to unprecedented speeds, leaving many to wonder just how high speed limits in these states can get.
In Montana, South Dakota, Nevada, and Wyoming, the max speed limit was raised to 80 miles per hour in 2015. In Michigan and Washington, speed limits were increased to 75 miles per hour in 2017 and 2015, respectively.
In Montana, state lawmakers also raised the maximum speed limit for trucks to 65 miles per hour.
Research Shows Speed Kills
Despite the push to increase highway speed limits, studies show that faster speeds translate to more traffic deaths and more catastrophic accidents.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IHHS) revealed that even a five mile per hour jump in max speeds correlated to an eight percent increase in motor vehicle deaths. The same IHHS study found that there were about 33,000 more traffic deaths between 1995 and 2013 than would have occurred had speed limits not increased.
Texas truck accident lawyer Amy Witherite explains, “A tractor-trailer can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. Semi-trucks also take much longer to stop compared to a typical car. When the law permits a truck to increase its speed, it stands to reason that crashes will also increase. Higher speed limits have been shown to lead to an increase in fatal and serious crashes.”
Many of the lawmakers behind the higher speed limit laws claim that faster speeds will save motorists money and time. However, getting to your destination a few minutes earlier isn’t worth your safety or your life. When you’re on the road, drive at a speed that ensures your safety. If you have been hurt in a semi-truck collision, don’t compromise your rights by waiting to speak to an experienced truck accident lawyer. Call an experienced Texas truck accident lawyer as soon as possible to discuss your case.
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