Oct 06, 2015 |
Speed Limits Increase in Hopes of Preventing Car Accidents
It’s a well-known fact that speed is a major contributing factor in many car and truck accidents. Estimates from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show as many as one-third of fatal crashes list speed as a cause.
Despite these findings, the state of Maryland is currently raising the speed limits on one of its major interstates. Officials claim raising the speed limit along the highway may actually reduce the chances of motorists being involved in Maryland car accidents.
According to The Washington Post, the State Highway Administration (SHA) is boosting the speed limit along Interstate 68 between the West Virginia border and the city of Hancock in Washington County to 70 mph. Officials say the move is being made because of increases in traffic volume, as well as shifts in driver behavior.
SHA engineers theorize that raising the speed limit on I-68 will reduce aggressive driving and lower the speed differentials between vehicles, thus reducing crashes.
With these new speed limits going into effect on Oct 1, the Maryland personal injury attorneys at ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers are anxious to see the impact on accident rates along this particular stretch of road. We would also like to remind Maryland’s motorists that not all accidents can be avoided. Follow these steps to follow after an auto accident to help protect your health and potential rights to compensation.