Will Posted Speed Limits Prevent All Car Accidents?

Do Speed limits prevent car accidents

Every roadway in the United States has speed limit signs posted. The majority of American drivers do not abide by posted speed limits. We all have the need for a little speed! Even the law provides for a small violation, naturally a police officer would not stop you if you are traveling 5-7 miles over the posted maximum speed. If there was a strict adherence to these laws, it is very likely that we would have to employ more law enforcement and court dockets would be clogged as a result.

In 2013, 33,719 people died in car accidents and 2.3 million were injured, according to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Law enforcement agencies report that several of these incidents were attributed to speeding. With such stark statistics it leads one to inquire, “Are speed limit signs a true deterrent for speeding?” According to the Federal Highway Administration, speeding guidelines are determined by the average speed of individuals driving safely in that area. What if you live in an area where people tend to drive more aggressively, such as New York? Or in an area heavily populated with seniors and retirees, such as Boca Raton, FL. Therefore, a particular speed limit is based upon the nature and habit of the motorists who reside in the area.

The interesting fact here is that the limits are not suggested by the number of crashes, or the rate of stops done by law enforcement, but how people naturally operate their vehicle. As a result of the studies conducted rational/maximum speed limits result. A rational speed would be defined as a reasonable and prudent speed that is suitable for standard traffic, weather and roadway conditions. A prudent driver would not drive at an excessive speed within a city limit due to the existence of pedestrians rational speed limit and traffic lights. It is likely that the speed within a city would range from 25-45 miles per hour, rather than 60-75 miles per hour which you would find on an expressway. Traffic engineers believe that 85 percent of motorists are cautious and they are careful when operating their vehicles because they want to avoid crashes at all cost. Thus, traffic engineers have coined the term 85th Percentile Speed which is the speed that 85 percent of vehicles generally do not exceed.  This would mean that 15 percent of the other motorists on the road usually exceed the posted limit.

Factors that contribute to speeding:

  • Motorist that have the need for an adrenaline rush.
  • Failing to leave early in order to arrive at your destination on time.
  • Hostile driving habits.
  • Circumstances that take place in one’s life that can divert one’s attention.
  • Being easily angered by the acts of other motorists.

If you have been cited for speeding or any other traffic violation allow the diligent attorneys at Angell Law Firm to fight for you. Our attorneys are experienced in the area of traffic and we pride ourselves in results. Our offices are located in the Downtown Atlanta area at 3391 Peachtree Road. Allow us to look out for your best interest!