High Speed Limits Causing More Fatal Accidents
Posted on behalf of The Bell Law Firm, PLLC on Jun 21, 2016 in Car Accidents
Speed limits have gradually increased across the country in the past two decades. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Highway Loss Data Institute reports that this increase has cost the U.S. 33,000 lives. In fact, in just 2013, there were 1,900 deaths attributed to these speed increases.
Speed Limits in the States
The individual states set their own speed limits. In West Virginia, for example, the maximum speed limit in 1993 was 65 mph. That limit was raised to 70 mph in 2013.
West Virginia, however, is definitely not on the high end of this range. Texas boasts a maximum speed limit of 85 mph. Many of the Midwest states have maximum speed limits of 75 mph. Six states have max speed limits of 80 mph.
Congress required the states to keep speed limits at 55 mph until 1973 to retain their highway funds, but those restrictions were relaxed in the late 1980s. They were completely repealed in 1995.
Speed Limits and fatal accident s
The IIHS did a study on the effect of the increased speeds and fatalities in 41 states. They concentrated on factors that have an influence on the fatality rate, including the unemployment rate, the total number of young drivers, and the overall rate of alcohol consumption.
They found that each five mile per hour increase in the speed limit resulted in a four percent increase in the fatality rate for that state. The rate increased to eight percent on interstates and freeways.
The resulting total was 33,000 deaths, but the IIHS states that this is likely an underestimate. As speed limits increase, even after the study, the death toll will likely mount as well.
Getting Legal Help
In 2014, West Virginia was the location of 242 fatal crashes. Speed is often a factor in car crashes. After an accident, recovery can be a long and slow process. The Bell Law Firm can help by getting you the compensation you deserve after a crash. Contact us today.