Wisconsin roadways currently have a top speed of 65 miles-per-hour. These speed limits have been in place for several years, and are familiar to motorists within the state. When these drivers head into other states, they often find that speed limits on these roads can be much higher. This has led some to question whether or not the state needs to reconsider its current speed limits.
Recently, legislators in Wisconsin have proposed raising speed limits to 70 miles-per-hour on some rural highways within the state. Officials believe that this will not lead to more car accidents in the region, as several neighboring states, such as Minnesota, Michigan, Iowa already have higher limits on their roadways. These states claim to have not seen a noticeable increase in the number of car, truck and motorcycle accidents, although this has been questioned by some who have studied the accident rates after the change.
Those who have examined the Wisconsin roads in question feel that many drivers are already driving at speeds higher than the currently posted 65 miles-per-hour. Changes to the limits would simply result in less speeding tickets and allow traffic to flow more freely, but some individuals have expressed concerns over allowing motorists to drive faster on the state’s roads.
Larger vehicles, such as semi-trucks and buses, would have less reaction time if they encounter difficulties while they are traveling at a higher rate of speed. Those motorists near these vehicles would have little opportunity to avoid a crash should an incident occur. Increased speed limits could also lead to more collisions caused by distracted or drunk drivers, as well as other motorists engaging in unsafe driving behaviors.
When a car, truck or motorcycle accident happens, the negligent driver’s insurance company will quickly try to make any potential claims go away. They may make settlement offers for your claims, but these offers are often made in the hopes that you will be very desperate for money. They try to get you to accept a quick payment instead of the full value of your claim.
If you have been injured in a car, truck or motorcycle accident, be sure that you contact an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss your situation. An attorney can help ensure that you are able to recover compensation for any medical bills or other expenses connected to the crash, as well as damages for any missed time from work.
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