Speed Limit Lowered to Improve Safety at Dangerous Maryland IntersectionJanuary 4, 2019
Speeding is one of the main causes of serious car accidents. The faster a car is going, the more devastating the property damage and injuries are likely to be. Residents of Bethesda, Maryland are all too familiar with this problem, as motorists continue to exceed the speed limit along a dangerous stretch of River Road. Residents, law enforcement, and safety officials hope that by lowering the speed limit from 45 miles per hour (mph) to 35 mph, it will prevent future car accidents along River Road, and the notorious intersection at River Road and Braeburn Parkway.
The 35 mph speed limit zone goes from the Capital Beltway to Springfield Drive. The new signs have been put up along River Road, including the vicinity of Walt Whitman High School, where students are walking or taking the bus to and from school. Speeding is strictly prohibited in school zones. According to a Maryland State Delegate, this is just one example of the steps that are being taken to improve the safety and prevent future accidents on this stretch of road.
Fatal Accident Near School
Over the years, there have been numerous speeding-related car accidents at the intersection of River Road and Braeburn Parkway, including one devastating accident involving a Whitman High School senior and his parents, who were fatally injured after a speeding motorist hit their car. According to the Delegate, there have been other serious accidents at this intersection as well, including some near the high school.
In addition to the reduced speed limit, other plans are in the works for the River Road and Braeburn Parkway intersection. Residents of Bethesda met with transportation officials earlier this year to review potential plans for the intersection. Improvements include installing concrete dividers and a traffic light, which will make it safer for people who are trying to cross at Pyle Road. These improvements will replace the flexible poles and flashing lights that were ineffective at getting motorists to slow down.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over 10,000 people were fatally injured in speeding-related car accidents in 2016 alone. Speeding is particularly dangerous during inclement weather when road conditions are poor, or if the road is under construction. In addition to endangering the life of the driver, the other drivers in the vicinity are at risk of being seriously injured by another driver who is exceeding the speed limit. Always follow the rules of the road and pay attention to the posted speed limit, particularly in school zones, work zones, and in residential areas.
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If you have been seriously injured in a car accident involving another driver who was speeding, do not hesitate to contact the Baltimore car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton. Speeding is one of the most common causes of serious car accidents. We will hold the responsible party liable for any property damage and injuries you sustained. Our dedicated lawyers will protect your legal rights and secure the maximum financial compensation you deserve. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
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