Connecticut Lawmakers Considering Raising the State’s Speed Limits

Connecticut was one of the first states to raise the speed limits along its roads from 55 mph to 65 mph. Now, legislators are considering whether or not they should once again bump up how fast a vehicle is allowed to travel.

According to an article released by WTNH 8 News, lawmakers in the state of Connecticut are mulling over legislation that would raise speed limits along certain highways and interstates to 75 mph; however, both sides have made it clear a decision will not be made in the matter without heavy debate ensuing first.

Those in favor of the law say bumping up the speed limit will decrease travel times while increasing the efficiency at which a highway can handle higher traffic volumes. Opponents of the law believe an increase in the speed limit will only increase the number of Connecticut auto accident lawyers and fatalities associated with them because people will always travel faster than the posted limit.

Data seem to support the latter opinion, considering a study conducted in 2005 by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety showed that raising speed limits has a direct correlation with an increase in motor vehicle accidents.

The Connecticut Personal Injury Lawyers with the law firm of Carter Mario Law Firm points out that speed is one of the three most common causes for motor vehicle accidents and explain it could be a contributing factor to a motorist being found negligent in the event of an accident that results in an injury.