Since 2005, Iowa highway fatalities have risen by approximately 10 percent. In 2005, the overall speed limit for rural highways in the state was increased from 65 miles per hour to 70 miles per hour.
The six years leading up to the speed limit change, there were 227 fatalities recorded by the Iowa Department of Transportation. Once the speed limit increased, the number of traffic-related fatalities began to rise. From 2005-2011 there were 250 individuals killed on rural highways in the state.
The speed limit is believed to play a large factor in this increase due to the fact the overall traffic deaths in Iowa has declined in recent years. Higher speed limits are associated with speeding vehicles, reckless driving, and speed-related car accidents.
If you were injured in a car accident that was caused by a reckless driver, you need experienced representation on your side. Please contact the car accident lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. by calling 877-327-2600 today.