Know the Limits of Speeding

These days, wherever there’s people, there’s going to be traffic. Cities have become so large, the world so interconnected, that owning a car (or at least utilizing some form of public transportation) is almost necessary. With vehicles, people can travel to and interact places they would never have been able to otherwise. The scope of our lives of expanded. The reason cities the size of New York, Los Angeles, London are able to exist and act as a single entity is only because of the access, so many of their residents have to fast forms of transit. But of course, despite all of its advantages, this creates problems. Large, extremely fast machines operated by creatures prone to human error will never be completely safe. So governments have all created regulations to help improve safety and reduce accidents. And the most prominent of these, found in almost every place where people drive (some areas of Germany excepted), is the speed limit.

We all love to hate speed limits. Almost no person I’ve ever met follows them completely. All of us believe that we know better than some silly streets signs when it comes to our own driving abilities and safety. For many people, that’s true. For many others, it isn’t. Since there’s no way of knowing which is which, these laws must apply to them. Though they can seem frustrating, the World Health Organization has identified them as one of the most effective legislation possible for reducing road accidents. They also found that it helps reduce the environmental damage caused by automobiles, and helps create roads more friendly to non-car modes of transportation.

A massive amount of research goes into determining possible speed limits. It isn’t as simple as choosing a number and slapping up a sign. In 2014, New York City, after having a consistent speed limit for almost 50 years, upgraded theirs. Previously it had been 3 miles per hour city-wide. The new law lowered it to 5. New York is a city where some of the densest, most difficult traffic in the country- just ask anyone who’s tried to drive or even walk a few blocks there. When you combine millions of people, heavy pedestrian traffic, a love for jaywalking, and a general “everyone get out of my way” attitude, what you’ll find is a recipe for traffic casualties. Indeed, in 2013, 291 people were killed in traffic accidents, the majority of them while walking. It may not seem like much in a city with millions of people, but that was just 40 short of the number of murders committed in the same amount of time. And during that year, close to 900 pedestrians were hit and injured by vehicles.

Lowering the speed limit can result in many problems, according to these Chicago personal injury lawyers. Going over the speed limit can lead to drivers losing control, and cause problems when other drivers are going different speeds. Though it may seem frustrating, going the speed limit is essential, both for the safety of yourself and those around you.

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