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Can Variable Speed Limits Reduce Accidents?

  • Recent tests suggest that a revolutionary idea could reduce rear-end collisions on major roadways. Could variable speed limits, especially in construction-heavy traffic zones, help warn drivers of congestion farther down the road?


    Results of Variable Speed Limit Test

    Variable speed limit signs were tested on a particularly dangerous stretch of road in Missouri. Speed limits could be reduced in real time, indicating a slowdown up ahead.

    The test results have shown a reduction in commute times and crashes.


    How Variable Speed Limits Could Help

    Here are four surprising ways variable speed limits could save lives:


    1) Reduce Rear-End Collisions

    Variable speed limit signs can reduce speed limits in real time, warning drivers to slow down. If commuters are driving at a reduced rate of speed when they come upon stopped or slowed traffic, they are less likely to rear-end other drivers.


    2) Ease Traffic Congestion

    Traveling at a slower rate of speed over a long distance, rather than stop-and-go, may actually reduce commute times, creating a better flow of traffic that is less prone to accidents.


    3) Make Work Zones Safer

    Construction crews face a great risk of injury when drivers are traveling at a high rate of speed. Slowing down drivers in heavy construction areas can save lives.


    4) Fewer Lane-Changing Accidents

    Traveling at a slower speed during peak traffic hours resulted in fewer lane-changing conflicts.


    Contact Spencer Calahan Injury Lawyers

    Accidents can’t always be prevented, but it’s nice to hear of new ways to save lives and prevent at least some crashes on our roads.

    Not everyone follows the rules of the road, however, so if you’ve been injured in an accident involving a negligent driver, get in touch with Spencer Calahan Injury Lawyers by calling 225-387-2323.