The Ohio senate has approved the proposed speed limit increase for Ohio rural interstates, increasing the speed to 70 mph. The 5 mph increase in speed is for both cars and trucks, while freeway outerbelt speed limit is set at 65 mph, and congested areas will be 55 mph.
The law now rests in the hands of the Ohio House who will either sign off on the bill, or take it to a committee to work out differences.
How an Increased Speed Limit Affects Ohio Drivers
Most Ohio drivers will be excited to hear an increase of speed limit, as many are almost always in a hurry to get to their destination. But what does this increase mean in the likelihood of future car accidents?
We feel as though speed is not the leading factor in accidents, but it is most often the driver’s failure to pay proper attention to the roadway. Failure to Control a vehicle is one of the most common causes of car accidents, and can result from a driver’s negligence while driving, and improper caution.
An accident at increased speed may cause more damage to a driver or passenger, but the cause of the accident is most likely due to another contributing factor.
Defensive Driving on Ohio Interstates
The most important thing to remember as a driver is to remain defensive at all times. You can never know what other drivers are doing on the roadway, and if they are paying attention to other vehicles. It is imperative to always be aware of others as you make your way from point A to point B.
The time when defensive driving is most critical is during bad weather. If it is snowing, raining, or is foggy, you must drive at a rate that is both safe and takes into account others on the roadways. Not everyone will respond to the weather in the same way, so as a driver you must be prepared to react within a split second if someone else fails to control their vehicle.
If you have been involved in an accident in which a driver failed to control their vehicle on an Ohio roadway, call our car accident lawyers.