It used to be that we all had to drive 55 miles per hour on the highway, almost no matter where we were and where we were going. However, over the years different states have raised the speed limits to different levels, and Nevada has been no different. As of now, there are stretches of highway where motorists can legally go as fast as 75 miles per hour. That could be changing once again, though, as a bill has cleared the first hurdle towards passage that would raise the speed limit in some areas.
Several news outlets are reporting that a bill that would raise the speed limit to 85 miles per hour on some stretches of highway has passed through the Transportation Committee in the State Senate. Now that this has happened, the bill can be considered by the rest of the members. If the bill passes through the Senate, it could be ratified by the State House and ultimately presented to the governor who could sign it into law.
Many would be able to articulate the arguments being made by both sides of this issue without having to study the situation for too long. Those opposed to the bill cite statistics that show that fatalities are higher when speed limits are raised. Those that support the bill believe that the opposite is true and that roads are safer when speed limits are higher. Others state that most people drive over 80 miles per hour on the highway anyway, and passing this bill would only be acknowledging this reality.
While moving the speed limit to 85 miles per hour would likely create much in the way of controversy, the reality of the situation is that when it comes to negligent driving, people can be driving too fast in some situations even if they are not exceeding the speed limit. Driving too fast for the conditions is a common citation issued by police, and this is different than simply driving at a rate that’s faster than the posted speed limit.
Therefore, people who are injured by drivers who are moving at a rate of 85 miles per hour could still pursue legal remedies if the driver who caused the crash at issue was driving at that rate through conditions of very heavy traffic or in dense fog or some other weather-related situation. The speed limit in the area at the time is not irrelevant, but it is also not the only thing that matters when it comes time to determine if the driver acted in a manner that was consistent with what a reasonable person would have done in a similar situation.
There is no telling at this point whether this bill will become law. Even if it does, people who are injured by speeding drivers should still make sure to review their legal rights and options thoroughly. If this has happened to you, contact the Sam Harding Law Firm today to schedule a free initial consultation.