Accidents on the Rise Following Speed Limit Increase in Wisconsin

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In May of 2015, Wisconsin’s interstate highway speed limit increased from 65 to 70 miles per hour. In the four months that followed, there was a 13% increase in highway accidents compared to the same period in 2014. Accident-related injuries and fatalities also increased. Though speed may not be the only factor, there is plenty of cause for concern.

Distracted at High Speeds

Brent Oleson, sheriff of Juneau County and president of the Badger State Sheriff’s Association, says higher speeds can exacerbate other risk factors such as texting. "A lot of it is a combination of speed and distracted driving. There's less room for error the faster you're driving."

Fast and Slow Don’t Mix

Though the speed limit has increased, many drivers continue to drive at slower speeds. According to Captain Steve Krueger, Wausau State Patrol Post Commander, the resulting speed differential can be dangerous. “A lot of highways don't have minimum speed limits, and that's where the problem comes — when cars close in on each other too fast," says Krueger.

More Speed, More Injuries

Higher speeds can significantly increase the severity of your injuries in a crash. This can mean bigger medical bills and more time away from work. If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, you need an experienced car accident attorney on your side. Contact Doherty Law Offices, SC in West Bend for assistance today.