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Should it be impossible to drive at excessive speeds?

On Behalf of | Apr 22, 2024 | Car Accidents |

There are many different factors that increase the chance of a car accident. One of the most common reasons for motor vehicle collisions is speed. When a driver is operating a vehicle at an elevated rate of speed, it can significantly increase his or her chance for a collision. Despite posted speed limits, law enforcement patrol and costly tickets for violating limits, many drivers continue to speed, placing themselves and others at risk.

With the increase of technology in cars, there are many ways that automakers can make cars safer and make it more difficult to speed. There are some safety advocates that believe car manufacturers should make vehicles that do not allow for drivers to operate their vehicles at elevated speeds. They say that making vehicles that go over certain speeds is unnecessary and dangerous, and the integration of already known and established technology could save lives and make the roads safer in Texas and across the country.

Technology and safety

Experts believe that reckless speeding is an epidemic in the United States. Estimates suggest that speeding plays a role in approximately 12,000 fatalities every year, and it plays a role in an estimated one-third of all accidents. Despite posted speed limits typically being in the double digits, vehicles can go as fast as 150 miles per hour or faster. A relatively simple technology, called Intelligent Speed Assistance, could help alleviate the problem.

If the U.S. adopts legislation that would require the integration of this technology into new vehicles, they would be mirroring actions already taken by the European Union and other countries. In 2022, the E.U. passed a law that would require ISA in all new vehicles starting summer of 2023. While limiting speeds seems like it would be a commonsense measure, there are many who think making this a law in the U.S. will be difficult.

Holding drivers accountable

Regardless of the requirements for ISA in vehicles, drivers are accountable for the choices they make while behind the wheel. If you are suffering after a car accident caused by a reckless driver that was operating his or her vehicle at excessive speeds, you do not have to suffer alone. It is possible that you have grounds to pursue compensation through a civil claim. These cases are time-sensitive, and your quick action can make a difference in the outcome.