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Is it Time for Florida to Slow Down?

Depending on the outcome of pending legislation, Florida drivers may soon find themselves taking the pedal off the metal. This is because the Florida legislature is currently considering lowering average speed limits across the state, from the current average of 45 mph to 25 mph in some areas. The current speed limit on most city, commercial and residential streets in 30 mph. School zones are 15 to 20 mph.

The initiative is in response to the increasing number of deadly Florida automobile accidents, including many that involve pedestrians and bicycles. According to a study by the AA Foundation for Traffic Safety, 90% of pedestrians hit by a vehicle going 60 mph die. At 40 mph the number decreases to 50%. At 25 mph only 10% are killed.

In Florida, the increase in deaths can be traced back to 1996, when the Florida legislature increased speed limits to 70 mph on interstates, 65 mph on four-lane highways outside urban areas, and 55 – 60 mph on narrower state highways. An effort to increase interstate speeds to 75 mph was vetoed by the governor in 2014.

The proposed reductions are just one component of the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Complete Streets initiative, which aims to tailor speed limits to the realities of different towns, cities and counties. In addition to the reduced speed limits, there are also plans to narrow streets, improve transit connections, add dedicated bike lanes, introduce roundabouts, increase the width of sidewalks and implement obstacles to deter jaywalking.

Needless to say, all of these measures, and in particular the lowering of speed limits, should be good news for Florida drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians alike. However, the unfortunate fact is that regardless of what the legal speed limit is, all too many drivers disregard it. Thus, one of the leading causes of negligent driving in an Orlando personal injury claim is that the driver was speeding and that this act of speeding is what cause the car accident and the resulting injuries.

If you or a loved one have been injured by a speeding driver, you have the legal right to seek compensation. To learn more, contact the Law Offices of James O. Cunningham, P.A. today.

James O. Cunningham

Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.

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Florida Personal Injury Office Locations

Main Office

Orlando Personal Injury Office:
3117 Edgewater Dr
Orlando, FL 32804
Phone: 407-425-2000
Toll Free: 877-FL-INJURY
Fax: 407-843-8274

Seminole County

Lake Mary Office:
1001 Heathrow Park Lane
Suite 4001
Lake Mary, FL 32746
Phone: 407-487-4408

Osceola County

Kissimmee Office:
17 S. Orlando Ave.
Kissimmee, FL 34741
Phone: 407-966-4408

Volusia County

Daytona Beach Office:
1301 Beville Rd., Suite 8
Daytona Beach, FL 32119
Phone: 386-243-4994

DeBary Office:
465 Summerhaven Drive, Suite C
DeBary, FL 32713
Phone: 386-320-3911

Deland Office:
Downtown Executive Center
120 South Woodland Blvd.
Deland, FL 32720
Phone: 386-206-1264

Citrus County

Inverness Office:
110 North Apopka Ave.
Inverness, FL 34453
Phone: 352-205-4341

Polk County

Lakeland Office:
1102 S. Florida Ave., Suite 104
Lakeland, FL 33803
Phone: 863-968-7551

Winter Haven Office:
325 Avenue A, N.W.
Winter Haven, FL 33881
Phone: 863-968-7173

Hillsborough County

Tampa Office:
100 S. Edison St. Suite D
Tampa, FL 33606
Phone: 813-355-9772

Marion-Sumter Counties

The Villages Office:
3420 U.S. Hwy. 27/441
Fruitland Park, FL 34731
Phone: 352-419-0825

Lake County

Mt. Dora Office:
602 East 5th Ave.
Mt. Dora, FL 32757
Phone: 352-436-4696

Clermont Office:
900 W. Highway 50
Clermont, FL 34711
Phone: 352-503-4674

Brevard County

Titusville Office:
506 S. Palm Ave.
Titusville, FL 32780
Phone: 321-222-7300

Cocoa Office:
96 Willard Street
Suite 206,
Cocoa, FL 32922
Phone: 321-757-1373