Texas has a problem on the highways, and it is not traffic jams. In fact, according to a recent report, it is just the opposite. Speed is killing people in record numbers and leaving others with life-altering injuries. About one-third of all crashes involve a driver going too fast. Nevertheless, the problem of speeding is not getting much attention these days.
If you recently suffered injuries in an accident caused by someone who was exceeding the posted limit, you know the devastation speed can cause. Texas has some of the highest speed limits in the country, reaching 85 mph in some stretches of highway. Still, efforts to curb speeding often meet with public backlash, and other safety issues receive far more attention.
The faster you go, the less time you have to react to changing circumstances on the road. Speeding also increases the amount of space you need to stop and the power of the impact when a speeding vehicle collides with yours. Still, much of the attention focuses on distractions behind the wheel and impaired driving. In fact, many accident reports do not even mention whether speed was a factor, so the statistics may be much lower than reality.
You may recognize some of the government’s attempts to bring speed under control, including:
- Narrower travel lanes
- Roundabouts replacing intersections
- Speed cameras
- Increased police presence in areas where speeders travel
You may be among those who pushed back against these efforts. Perhaps you found those narrow lanes lengthen your commute to work, and the speed cameras reminded you of Big Brother watching you. However, if you are recovering from serious injuries you suffered in a speed-related accident or if you lost a loved one in such an accident, you may now see the value in some of these methods.
When will things change?
While government officials and safety advocacy groups work to change the public perception of speeding the way they have with drunk driving and texting while driving, you know that the real change has to come with the individual driver. Additionally, you may agree with holding those who choose to drive at dangerous speeds responsible for the damage they cause, including injury and loss of life.
To seek the compensation you may deserve following your accident, you will have a complex task ahead of you. You would do well to obtain legal counsel from an attorney who is dedicated to helping accident victims get the justice they deserve.