New Jersey Personal Injury Firm Comments on the Concerns Arising Over Texas 85 MPH Highway and Potential Impacts

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It was recently decided by the Texas Transportation Commission that a new toll highway that will run from Austin to Seguin (approximately 35 miles northeast of San Antonio) will have the country’s highest speed limit at 85 miles per hour, according to Yahoo! Auto. While some drivers are excited about the opportunity to let loose on a highway, many are concerned about the safety of this speed. NJ car accident lawyer Richard P. Console Jr. expresses concern about this decision and what it could mean for the country at large.

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While this speed limit was passed for just one highway in Texas, it has the potential to influence the entire country.

It was recently decided by the Texas Transportation Commission that a new toll highway that will run from Austin to Seguin (approximately 35 miles northeast of San Antonio) will have the country’s highest speed limit at 85 miles per hour, according to Yahoo! Auto.* While some drivers are excited about the opportunity to let loose on a highway, many are concerned about the safety of this speed. Yahoo! Auto spoke with Russ Rader, spokesman for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, and he explained that it is a well-proven fact that higher speeds lead to more highway deaths.

Ocean County car accident attorneys are also well aware of the dangers that are associated with higher speed limits on highways. In 2011, nearly 45 percent of all fatal accidents in the county occurred on a major highway with a higher speed limit, according to the New Jersey State Police.**

NJ auto accident lawyer Richard P. Console, Jr. expressed concern about what this decision could mean for the country at large.

“While this speed limit was passed for just one highway in Texas, it has the potential to influence the entire country,” he said. “Agencies in other states may follow in the footsteps of Texas and propose toll roads such as this.”

Console went on to say that the fact that this particular highway is going to be a toll road may not have been a coincidence. The Texas Transportation Commission could have been hoping that the higher speed limit would draw motorists more than the cost of the tolls would dissuade them. The Commission would not make any public comments on their decision nor has the price of the tolls on this road been disclosed, according to Yahoo! Auto.*

In 2009 a report was released in the American Journal of Public Health that found from 1995 through 2005 more than 12,500 traffic deaths could be contributed to increases in speed limits alone, according to the Yahoo! Auto article.* They also found that rural highways that were granted an increased speed limit caused fatalities on those roads to jump 9.1 percent.

The majority of highways in the United States have a speed limit of 75 miles per hour, and thousands of people are dying on these roadways every year—the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that in 2010 more than 30,000 people were killed in traffic accidents in this country.*** Being involved in a car accident at such high speeds greatly increases the potential for serious injury or death. If you have been injured in an accident on a major highway, speak with the qualified accident attorneys in New Jersey at Console & Hollawell, P.C. today.

*http:// http://autos.yahoo.com/news/texas-to-open-fastest-us-highway-with-85-mph-limit.html

**http://www.njsp.org/info/fatalacc/2011_fatal_crash.pdf

*** http://www-fars.nhtsa.dot.gov/Main/index.aspx

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