There are many challenges to driving on Texas highways. You may face heavy rain, high winds, and reduced visibility. Or, you might encounter road construction that slows traffic down. Plus, heavy traffic and congestion is a common occurrence.
Negligent driving is a common factor in highway accidents
But these conditions themselves don't cause Texas car accidents. It's driving too fast for the conditions. It's a cellphone distraction. Sometimes, it's outright aggressive or reckless driving.
In 2022, over 244,000 people were injured in Texas crashes, and another 4,481 people were killed. To mitigate the problem, Texas officials have enacted a new law to help reduce speeding during roadway construction, inclement weather, and other conditions that call for reduced speeds.
If you or a loved one sustained injuries in a highway crash, a Texas car accident attorney at John R. Solis can help. Find out how this new law may help prevent highway accidents and what you can do if you're injured in one.
How will temporary highway speed limit changes affect Texas drivers?
According to a newly passed law, the Texas Department of Transportation can temporarily change speed limits without statewide approval. The speed limit changes can only be a 10 mph difference during inclement weather or roadway construction. They will be displayed with portable or stationary changeable message signs within 500 to 1,000 feet from the point of the speed limit change.
State officials plan on placing these signs in areas of high traffic congestion when needed. Some areas will also have permanent digital signs that display speed limit changes during hazardous conditions, road construction, and traffic accidents.
What to do if you're injured in a highway crash
Motorists who drive too fast for the given conditions risk losing control of their vehicles. They also can't react to sudden changes in road conditions. Speed becomes even more hazardous in construction zones, where road crew members are working. It puts both workers and other motorists at risk.
That's why drivers should be held accountable when they fail to reduce their speed when necessary. If you're injured in a crash involving a speeding driver, it's important to get medical attention as soon as possible, even if your injury feels minor enough to "walk off."
Filing a claim for compensation
You will also need to report the crash to your insurance company to get the claims process started. Keep your comments to a minimum and stick only to the basic facts. Provide details on the date, time, and location of the crash. If you admit fault or discuss blame, your words can be used against you.
Most importantly, get an experienced car accident lawyer on your side. Without an attorney, the at-fault driver's insurance company can try to pin the blame on you. That's despite any evidence proving that the other driver was speeding. Also, never accept a settlement until an attorney has investigated your crash, accurately tallied up your damages, and entered negotiations with the insurance company.
Get an experienced Laredo, TX car accident lawyer
Being injured in a speed-related crash can be physically, emotionally, and financially devastating. That's why Laredo car accident attorney John R. Solis is here to help. He can gather evidence to build your case, fight for a fair settlement, and protect your rights every step of the way.
Whether you're an injured motorist or a construction worker who was hit by a negligent driver, contact our law firm today for a free consultation. We offer legal representation on a contingency fee basis, which means there aren't any upfront fees for our legal services, and you pay no fees unless we win your case.