Speeding is one of the top causes of car accidents in the United States every year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A recent study has revealed that the higher the speed limit is, the more likely a crash will be fatal. In one year alone, 1,900 fatalities are attributed to higher speed limits. That number is so significant that it cancels out the number of lives that are saved by airbags in a year.
Even though higher speeds can have fatal consequences, speed limits have been on the rise since 2013. Today there are six states with 80 mile-per-hour speed limits, and on some roads in Texas, drivers can legally drive 85 miles per hour. One town in New Jersey, however, has seen the wisdom in slowing down and has made changes.
After receiving many calls and letters from residents of East Brunswick, New Jersey, the mayor acted to reduce speed limits on three of the town’s roads. Concerns about the speed of vehicle traffic, accidents, and unsafe driving inspired the changes. To change speed limits, New Jersey state law required engineering studies and reviews of elements, such as traffic counts, speed survey data, accident data, and more. Residents hope the reduced speed limits will save lives.
Car accidents can cause devastating injuries and change lives forever. If you or a loved one suffered an injury in a car accident, please call the New Jersey car accident lawyers at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP at 732-777-0100 or contact us online. We will provide the knowledgeable guidance you need to obtain the compensation you deserve. Our offices are conveniently located in Edison, Red Bank, and Toms River, New Jersey, and we represent clients throughout the state.