Camera Cop Has Actually Increased the Number of Missouri Speeders

The police camera installed near Interstate 70 was designed to act as a deterrent to speeders. However, it seems to have had the opposite effect.

According to KPLR11, the cop camera was installed in Cool Valley almost a year ago near the University of Missouri St. Louis. When the camera was first used in November 2010, it captured 498 speeders that month. In June 2011, however, it spotted 841 speeders just in that month - an increase of almost 70 percent.

The city's mayor told a reporter that other safety measures are being considered to keep the community safe on the road. But, until those measures are implemented, the increase in speeding may have catastrophic consequences for motorists in the area.

Many people know that driving 100 mph is likely to result in a car accident, but many people do not consider that driving even 5 mph over the posted speed limit can exponentially increase the likelihood of a crash. The engineers who design American roads carefully calibrate the speed at which motorists can drive safely based on the roads' characteristics. Driving even a small amount over the speed limit lengthens the amount of time it takes to slow a vehicle, thereby increasing the likelihood that an accident will occur.

If someone drives too fast for road conditions and causes an accident in which someone is injured, in the injured person may be able to make a claim against the at-fault driver in a personal-injury lawsuit. All drivers are required to drive in a reasonably safe manner, and when they cause injury because of their unsafe driving, they may be held legally responsible. Through a personal-injury lawsuit, the injured person may be able to recover compensation for his or her injuries, medical expenses and lost wages.

If you have been injured in a car accident, contact a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer to discuss your legal options.