North Carolina Legislature Moves Towards Speed Limit Increase :: Personal Injury Attorneys and Lawyers in Charlotte, NC

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The North Carolina legislature is moving ahead with a plan that would allow some state highways to increase speed limits to 75 miles per hour.

The House Transportation Committee voted earlier this week to allow the bill from the Senate to move forward. The legislation would permit the Department of Transportation to set speed limits higher than the current 70 mile per hour limit on some sections of interstate and highway. The legislation says that only those sections that engineers deem capable of handling the higher speed will be changed.

Spedometer Charlotte Personal Injury Wrongful Death Workers' Compensation Lawyer Attorney North Carolina.jpgThough specific segments of road were not named in the bill, the committee members in the House discussed certain rural stretches of I-40 in eastern North Carolina. If the bill is passed, North Carolina would become the second state on the East Coast to have a speed limit of 75 miles per hour on certain highways in the state.

The bill has already passed the full Senate and now that it has moved through the House Transportation Committee the next stop will be the full House floor. Though the legislation did pass the committee, some legislators have expressed concern about whether the measure might lead to increase highway accidents and thus increased traffic fatalities.

The current maximum speed limit on North Carolina highways is 70 miles per hour. Some safety advocates worry that increasing the speed limit to 75 miles per hour could create a serious safety hazard since most drivers tend to travel faster than the speed limit posted on highways. They argue that if the state increases the speed limit, it will mean that drivers will be driving even faster than they already do, increasing the risk of being in a potentially deadly car accident.

Speeding contributes to hundreds of deadly car accidents in North Carolina every year. While many recent safety efforts have recently focused on reducing distracted driving, speeding is still a significant safety issue on the road. Most drivers admit to driving faster than the speed limit at some point in their lives and an increased speed limit only encourages faster driving.

Even if lawmakers do approve the faster speed limits on North Carolina highways, drivers should be cautious of driving at high speeds and take the appropriate safety precautions when driving on the highway to reduce the risk of being in a car accident.

If you, or someone you know, have any questions regarding personal injury claims, please feel free to contact the experienced personal injury lawyers in Charlotte, North Carolina at Arnold & Smith, PLLC for a free consultation. Call at 704-370-2828.


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