How variable speed limits could make the highways safer

On Behalf of | Nov 13, 2020 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Few things in New York are more frustrating than being stopped on the highway while you’re trying to get to work. It seems like there’s an endless line of vehicles in front of you, and if the person behind you isn’t paying attention, they could hit the brakes too late and end up rear-ending your vehicle. What if there was a way to ease traffic congestion even on the busiest days?

How variable speed limits can ease traffic congestion

When the highway has slowed down or stopped altogether, most people are caught off guard. They turn the corner, see a line of vehicles on the highway and hit the brakes. However, a new form of technology could give drivers advanced warning and help them prepare for the obstacles ahead. A study in St. Louis revealed that variable speed limits might help people navigate through challenges and get to work on time.

Variable speed limits involve replacing the traditional speed limit signs with digital signs that can be updated in real time. If traffic has slowed to 20 miles per hour, the signs will display “20 mph” on the readout. This helps drivers prepare for a slower commute and avoid accidents. They can slow down for the next several miles instead of hitting the brakes at the last minute.

The study revealed that variable speed limits can reduce the number of rear-end collisions by 30%. Additionally, the lines of traffic were over 50% shorter and up to 8% faster. While variable speed limit technology has yet to reach the masses, it’s clear that this technology could make everyone safer on the highway.

How may an attorney help you after a personal injury?

In car accidents, there’s nothing fair about who gets injured and who walks away with minor scrapes. The other driver was at fault, but you might be the one paying for it. How can you get the compensation that you need to move on with your life?

A personal injury attorney may be able to help you negotiate a settlement with the driver’s insurance company. If the driver has no insurance, your attorney might help you sue the driver for damages.