Will 85 MPH Speed Limit Cause More Truck Accidents in Texas?

Posted on Tuesday, September 25, 2012

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Beaumont drivers are accustomed to dealing with high speeds while driving on some of the long rural highways that connect Texas cities. However, the Texas Transportation Commission has just approved a controversial new 85 mph speed limit for a toll road between Austin and San Antonio, which will make it the fastest stretch of road in the nation. Many, however, are concerned that this increased speed limit will lead to more fatalities from truck accidents and car accidents.

The research that has been conducted regarding the connection between high rates of speed and accidents on the road is quite strong. In fact, a 2009 report which studied all of the fatalities from traffic in the United States for a period of 10 years, attributed over 12,500 deaths to a rise in speed limits.

Some are concerned that the new speed limit is merely a way to generate more revenue by increasing the tolls that will be collected on the road, and say safety concerns have taken a back seat.

It is anticipated that many drivers will want to take advantage of this new speed limit, in particular, truck drivers. However, commercial vehicle accidents and 18-wheeler accidents are often the most dangerous and deadly accidents on the road. An out of control 18-wheeler truck can be hazardous to many vehicles in its path simply because of its weight and size.

Liability for Truck Accidents

The victims of truck accidents are often faced with complex issues involving liability. Depending on the circumstance, there may be a number of entities such as the truck driver, commercial owner of the truck, or other contractors that can be held responsible. Under the law, the victim can seek compensation for both present and future medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering.

Source: TheTrucker.com, "Texas to open fastest US highway with 85 mph limit," Sept. 10, 2012