Houston Car Accident Attorney to Lawmakers: Slow Down on Raising the Speed Limit

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If a measure to raise the speed limit on certain Texas highways to 85 mph becomes law, it will expose countless people to the risk of serious car accidents, injuries and deaths, Houston personal injury lawyer Brad T. Wyly warns.

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Houston personal injury attorney Brad T. Wyly

We should pass laws that protect drivers – not laws that expose them to almost certain danger.

Raising the speed limit to 85 mph on Texas highways would undoubtedly lead to a spike in serious and deadly car crashes, Houston car accident lawyer Brad T. Wyly said today.

Texas lawmakers, however, have been moving swiftly in recent weeks to enact a bill that would raise the speed limit to that threshold on select highways within the state. The bill, H.B. 1201, recently passed the House, while a similar bill is being considered in the state Senate, according to the Houston Chronicle.

“We need to slow down and consider the consequences of allowing vehicles to travel at that outrageously fast speed, including the fact that it will likely encourage drivers to hit speeds as high as 95-100 mph,” said Wyly, whose Houston personal injury law firm, Wyly Law Firm, P.C., represents motor vehicle crash victims and their families throughout Harris County and surrounding areas.

“When a car, truck or motorcycle is traveling that fast, there’s no time for a driver to react to other motorists’ mistakes or their own mistakes, and the impact from a collision at that speed can cause catastrophic injuries and wrongful deaths,” Wyly said. “We should pass laws that protect drivers – not laws that expose them to almost certain danger.”

According to the Chronicle, Texas has some of the fastest roadways in the country, with nearly 520 miles of roads featuring an 80 mph speed limit and another 1,400 with a limit of 75 mph.

However, the state also has one of the highest traffic fatality counts in the U.S., with more than 3,000 people dying on Texas roadways in 2009, the most recent year for which statistics are available from the Texas Department of Transportation.

A Fox News study named the stretch of I-45 in Harris County as the No. 5 “deadliest stretch of road” in America, based on 153 deaths occurring on the road in 2009.

“I’m surprised that lawmakers would head down such a reckless path,” Wyly said of the move to raise the speed limit. “They’re not looking out for the safety of Texas motorists.

“Our law firm, however, will continue to promote safe driving and policies that encourage safe driving,” he said, “and we’ll also stand up for the rights of those who suffer serious injuries and other losses in accidents caused by speeding, aggressive drivers.”

About Wyly Law Firm, P.C.
The Wyly Law Firm, P.C., is a Houston law firm that represents individuals and small businesses in first-party insurance claims and natural disaster / hurricane claims. The firm also represents personal injury victims, including those injured in car, truck, motorcycle, bicycle or pedestrian accidents, throughout Houston and surrounding communities, including Harris County, Baytown, Pasadena, Galveston, Beaumont, Bellaire, Cloverleaf, Spring Valley, Missouri City, Aldine and Jersey City.

Attorney Brad T. Wyly, the firm’s founder, is a skilled negotiator and lawyer. Wyly has extensive experience in personal injury cases, including claims involving complex accidents, catastrophic injuries and wrongful deaths. He has been named a Rising Star in Law & Politics magazine. To contact Wyly Law Firm, P.C., call (713) 574-7034 or use the firm’s online form.

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