Although the highest speed limit found on some North Carolina roads is 70, in other parts of the country speed limits have recently broken records. A 40-mile stretch of Texas 139, a highway that bypasses Austin, has been approved for a 85MPH speed limit.
Raleigh personal injury attorneys at Brent Adams & Associates have cited multiple statistics and accidents that show how many speed-related crashes could have been prevented if the driver was responsibly driving the speed limit. Speeding cars have slower stopping power, cause more damage upon impact with another vehicle or object, and can result in more severe injuries. The higher the speed of the vehicle, the less control the driver has.
Statistics show that 9 out of 10 drivers will admit to speeding. Yet, officials are growing confident in the new record-breaking speed limit law in Texas due to several factors about the long highway. Adequate space available on the highway’s shoulders and open visibility lines down the highway were noted by the local traffic operations representative. Additionally, the state will be installing over 3,000 signs instructing drivers on safe passing zones. The structure of the highway combined with driver education efforts is moving traffic safety in a new direction: Fast.
The “safer” highway conditions on this part of the road don’t mean that high speeds will always be safe for drivers. Blowouts, distracted driving habits like texting while driving, drivers under the influence, or collisions with wildlife are still risk factors. There are rights and legal entitlements for innocent drivers who find themselves injured because of a crash caused by distracted driver, negligent road construction crews, or defective car parts. Although the new speed limit was tested and authorized on a highway with limited hazards, speed-related crashes are still possible. Read more about speed-related crashes and victims rights in other posts by Raleigh personal injury attorneys at Brent Adams & Associates here.