A potentially dangerous and deadly bill has just been passed by a Nevada Senate committee. This bill will raise the maximum speed limit on Nevada highways from 75 miles per hour up to 80 miles per hour. The bill originally proposed to raise the speed limit up to 85 miles per hour, but a compromise was reached. Still, this makes Nevada one of only a handful of states to allow speed limits above 75.
Many Nevada residents are excited about the new increased speed limit, as it will reduce the time it takes them to travel through rural parts of the state on the way to or from Las Vegas. However, many others are concerned that this change will also increase the number of accidents on the highway and that those accidents will be even more deadly than the ones we already see on Nevada highways each year.
Accident Rates Could Rise in the Near Future
With more people driving at higher rates of speed, we can realistically expect an increase in high-speed accidents on Nevada highways within the next year. Personal injury lawyers in Las Vegas already handle hundreds (if not more) cases every year involving accidents with 18-wheelers and wrongful death cases associated with high-speed accidents.
Increased Speed Limits Do Not Slow Speeders Down
Realistically speaking, Nevada drivers are already traveling these highways at speeds in excess of 75 miles per hour. That said, most drivers will curtail their speeding to within 10-20 miles per hour above the speed limit. This still means that you will see vehicles traveling at 90-95 miles per hour, but if you apply the same logic to an increased speed limit (and you should), we can expect to see drivers flying down our state’s highways at up to 100 miles per hour, or even more.
At those speeds, if there is any kind of malfunction or if a driver is negligent of what’s happening on the road, even for a moment, an accident is almost inevitable. And, unfortunately, at speeds that high, injuries and fatalities are also highly likely.
If you spend any time at all driving on roads with high speed limits like these, you should have a Las Vegas personal injury lawyer’s contact information with you. If something happens and you are struck by another vehicle, you will want an expert to represent you and help you gain the compensation you deserve, including medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and damage to your vehicle.
Wrongful Death Cases May Increase
Unfortunately, though the auto industry has worked hard to make cars safer than ever, at speeds of 80-100 miles per hour, fatal accidents are to be expected. If you have a loved one who was struck and killed in an accident through no fault of their own, you may be owed compensation.
For information on wrongful death cases and auto accidents in Nevada, call a qualified Las Vegas personal injury lawyer today.