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Speed Limits Aren’t Merely Suggestions on Roadways

On Behalf of | Jun 17, 2019 | Car Accidents

Speed limits on roadways are set based on what is safe for the road and the conditions of it on a dry day. As the name implies, they are the top speed that should be used on the road. Unfortunately, many people think of them as the lowest speed they should go. This poses a hazard to everyone on the road because a driver who is operating a vehicle at a faster speed than what is safe can cause a serious accident.

Typically, speed limits are set lower in the city. This is because there are more hazards, such as pedestrians and other vehicles, that are likely to be on the road. It is also because you are more likely to stop in the city due to traffic signals and stop signs. It takes longer to stop a vehicle that is going highway speeds than one that is going city speeds.

When an accident caused by excessive speeds occurs, the victims of the crash are probably going to suffer more serious injuries than what would have occurred at speeds at or below the speed limit. This is a tragic situation for people who are obeying the speed limits.

There are many reasons why drivers might go faster than the speed limit. They might be in a rush to make it to work or another obligation. They may be driving aggressively out of anger or irritation. They might feel like they aren’t causing a problem because they think they can handle driving at those speeds.

Regardless of the reason for the speeding driver, you might choose to seek compensation if you suffer injuries in an accident caused by speeds faster than what is safe for current conditions. This can help you recover the financial damages that you are dealing with due to the other person’s negligence.