Speeding comes with great risks, and speeding drivers may even find themselves responsible for a fatal accident. In Oregon, 65 mph is the top speed limit although trucks on rural roads may travel up to 70 mph. In previous generations, 55 mph was the top speed. Improved road construction, combined with better vehicle manufacturing and safety technology, contributed to decisions to raise speed limits. However, even a slight increase in speed could lead to a greater number of crashes.
Drivers going over the limit
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and a company called Humanetics worked together to review crash test data and assess the effect of speeding. According to the test results, even a mild increase in speed increases the chances of a crash.
Raising speed limits won’t prevent drivers from going a bit above the posted maximum. A responsible driver may avoid going 15 or 20 mph over the limit, but 5 or 10 mph might be acceptable. That means cars traveling on highways with a maximum speed limit of 65 mph may hit speeds of 75 mph with some going even faster.
Troubles with speeding
A speeding driver may be unable to stop in time to avoid a collision. Even noticing a problem in the road, such as a stalled car, could be difficult when a driver is speeding. The mix of speeding and distracted driving could further increase the probability of an accident. After a crash, a personal injury lawsuit might reveal multiple acts of negligence on a driver’s part.
If a vehicle travels too fast for road conditions, the dangers might increase dramatically. Navigating bad weather has enough challenges when dealing with fog, rain and slick roads. Add a speeding vehicle to the mix, and the dangers worsen with a driver’s negligence. It’s important to stick to posted speed limits and even go slower than the legal limit if inclement weather makes driving more dangerous.