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Higher Speed Limits Encourage Drivers to Speed—and Results in More Deaths

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80mph speed limit signMost people understand the dangers of speeding and that driving too fast causes dangerous accidents. However, state laws that increase the speed limit—in Texas up to 85 miles per hour—is encouraging people to driver faster and resulting in more fatalities in automobile crashes. Unfortunately, Idaho is following this dangerous trend, making it more likely its residents will be involved in a catastrophic accident.

How Much Does Raising the Speed Limit Increase Deaths?

Thousands of motorists and their passengers are being killed on our country’s roads due to increased speed limits. A recent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety study examined the effects of speed limit increases from 1993 to 2013 in 41 states. This was after federal speed limit laws were abolished in 1995, leaving states to set their own maximum limits. The study found that raising the speed limit affected fatalities as follows:

  • Resulted in 33,000 more fatalities in two decades
  • Caused an additional 1,900 deaths in 2013 alone

The researchers believe these figures are conservative because they only reviewed increases in the maximum speed limit, which often only affects rural highways and not urban ones.

What Is Idaho’s Maximum Speed Limit Law?

The maximum speed limit has increased in many states, and the trend doesn't seem to be slowing. Seven states have increased the maximum speed limit to 80 or higher and in some parts of Texas, the limit is 85 mph. Idaho is one of these seven states. On July 1, 2014, the maximum speed limit on the majority of Interstates 15, 84, and 86 increased to 80 mph for passenger vehicles and 70 miles per hour for trucks. This increases motorists’ dangers of being killed every time they get into their vehicles.

We Can Help

Were you or a family member injured in an accident caused by a speeding driver? You may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and emotional trauma. I urge you to call me at 888.716.8021 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation to learn how I can assist you in obtaining the settlement you deserve.

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