car crash accidentTraverse City, MI- Most traffic safety experts can agree that speed is a leading cause of traffic accidents in the U.S., contributing to nearly 31 percent of fatal accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Yet, in spite of that alarming statistic, there has been a growing swath of states that have increased highway speed limits or are thinking about increasing speed limits.
Michigan lawmakers are currently considering raising speed limits on freeways from 70 mph to possibly 85 mph, reasoning that increased speed limits will prevent traffic accidents. That reasoning, according to Jan-Michael Stump of the Traverse City Reading-Eagle, is derived from a 60s study which “suggests” traveling the speed limit is actually the culprit in some accidents. The premise being that if all motorists are traveling at the same speed, the chances of an accident occurring is significantly reduced and that motorists are generally capable and prudent.
However, not all motorists are prudent or act in the best interests of themselves or other motorists.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, “Speeding reduces a driver’s ability to steer safely around curves or objects in the roadway, extends the distance necessary to stop a vehicle, and increases the distance a vehicle travels while the driver reacts to a dangerous situation.” Even when a motorist is vigilant and skilled, an accident can easily occur when a motorist is driving at a very high speeds.
Based on the logic of that study, most eastern states currently limit highway speeds to a maximum of 70 mph, with many states in the west setting maximum highway speed limits at 75 mph. Texas, not wanting to be outdone, raised highway speeds to 85 mph, the only state to go that high.
The dangers of speed are amplified by the fact that motorists are often engaging in other risky driving behaviors, such as distracted driving or drowsy driving. Recently, AAA’s Traffic Safety Culture Index found that over 90 percent of motorists surveyed said speeding was major safety issue, yet nearly half admitted to speeding on highways and residential streets. That is telling and shows that motorists are often overly confident about their driving abilities.
Many motorists think they are more than capable of speeding without causing an accident. And that may be true, but it only takes a minor mistake or miscalculation to cause a catastrophic accident. It doesn’t matter how great a driver a person thinks they are, eventually a dangerous situation will arise and they could be at-fault for a serious car crash.
The Michigan accident attorneys at USAttorneys are fully aware of the consequences of speeding and are willing to speak for victims of speed-related accidents. They will work to ensure that an irresponsible driver is taken to task for their actions and compensates the person or person’s they have harmed.
If you have been in a serious traffic accident, you need an accident attorney serving Traverse City working on your injury claim so that you get the compensation you deserve for your accident. Having an attorney working in your claim will allow you to avoid mistakes that could jeopardize your case and deprive you of the settlement amount you deserve.

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