Other parts of the country have increased speed limits to 70, 75 and one state to even 85 miles per hour (ridiculous). I don’t care! I’ve seen firsthand that speed kills and causes great bodily injury.
Earlier this year, Illinois increased the speed limit on some interstates to 70 miles per hour. Since then, people have asked me what I thought of the new speed limits. I suppose they want my perspective as an auto accident attorney. Plain and simple, I don’t like it.
There are those who will say that much of the other parts of the country have increased speed limits to 70, 75 and one state to even 85 miles per hour (ridiculous). I don’t care! I’ve seen firsthand that speed kills and causes great bodily injury.
First of all, let’s use common sense. We know that people, even the safest of drivers, will go a bit faster than the speed limit. So, where the speed limit is 70, you know, I know and everyone knows that most people will feel comfortable driving at 75 to 80 miles per hour without fearing the consequences of a speeding ticket.
The Greater The Speed, The More Severe The Crash
You don’t need to be an expert to know that the faster the vehicles, the more severe the crash, the greater the likelihood of serious injuries or death to the people involved. So what does a greater speed limit in certain areas accomplish? We get to our final destination a few minutes earlier? From a risk/benefit analysis, is increasing the speed limit worth the risk of human lives that are sure to come with more severe car crashes?
Let’s Not Forget About Driving Distracted At Greater Speeds
Been on the roads lately? Have you looked around? The odds are, you saw someone driving distracted. Perhaps you saw someone with a cell phone to his ear or someone texting (which is as dangerous as driving while intoxicated). Now we are going to give these distracted drivers the permission to drive faster on some of our interstates? At 55 miles per hour, that distracted driver is going 80.67 feet per second. At 70 miles per hour, he’s going 102.7 feet per second. That 20 extra feet per second may be the difference between life and death. Distracted driving is bad enough. Driving too fast is bad enough as well. Putting them together equals disaster.
Many Auto Accident Cases Involve Speeding
Anyone who has been in the personal injury field has probably seen the serious consequences of someone driving too fast, whether it’s in a residential neighborhood or on the interstates of more rural areas. I would imagine that many (probably most) auto accident Complaints at Law contain the language…
At all relevant times herein, it was the duty of the Defendant to operate his vehicle with reasonable care under the circumstances, yet, notwithstanding said duty, Defendant was guilty of one or more of the following acts or omissions:
- Negligently, carelessly and improperly drove his vehicle too fast for the conditions of the roadway upon which she was traveling, in violation of 625 ILCS 5/11-601;
With increased speed limits, we are bound to see more car and truck accidents, more substantial injuries and deaths from these accidents.