Speed kills. Yet, when you are late for work or in a rush to get home, it can be easy to forget that a few miles per hour can make a big difference.
Atlanta City Council recently agreed to introduce a 25 mph speed limit to many of the city’s streets. This 10 mph drop is part of a plan called Vision Zero, which aims to eliminate fatal traffic accidents in the city. Last year, there were 73 deaths, of which 22 were pedestrians.
Why will reducing speed limits save lives?
The faster a vehicle is traveling, the greater the force of impact should it hit someone. Slowing down can vastly improve the chances of pedestrians or cyclists surviving. Here are some figures:
- If a car traveling at 25mph hits someone, they have a 90% chance of survival.
- If a car traveling at 35pmh hits someone, they have a 70% chance of survival.
- If a car traveling at 45mph hits someone, they have a 40% chance of survival.
Slower speeds give drivers more time to brake. Imagine a little girl runs out onto the street in front of a car. The faster the driver is going, the longer they need to brake, so they have less chance of stopping before hitting the girl. If they were traveling more slowly, they would have had more time to notice the girl and hit the brake pedal. The car would also have been able to stop in a shorter distance as there was less deceleration needed.
While not everyone will be a fan of the new speed limits, they benefit all. Everyone steps out of their vehicle sometimes. Everyone becomes a pedestrian at some point. It’s far better to prevent serious injuries than deal with the aftermath.
If you’re involved in a motor vehicle wreck, make sure you fully understand your right to compensation for your injuries and losses.