Speeding is Much More Complex Than Exceeding a Limit

When most people think of speeding, they think about getting a speeding ticket for exceeding the posted speed limit. However, the concept of speeding is much more complex than simply failing to obey posted limits.

The Dangers of Speeding

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, speeding killed over 10,000 people in 2016 alone, making it responsible for more than 25 percent of all fatalities during that year. Speeding not only endangers the life of the driver who is speeding, but it also poses a risk to all other drivers and passengers on the road.

Speeding can have a variety of causes, from being late to simply being a more aggressive driver. Regardless of the factors behind speeding, it is an incredibly dangerous practice.

Defining Speeding

A driver can be charged with speeding any time he or she is driving at a speed in excess of the posted limit. However, drivers can also be charged with speeding if they are driving too fast for the road conditions, even if their speed is less than the posted limit. For example, if a driver is driving on a wet or snowy road at the speed limit, this speed may be considered dangerous for the conditions.

When Should Drivers Slow Down?

Regardless of the road conditions, drivers should always be driving slower than the posted speed limit. However, certain conditions warrant slowing down even more. For example, you need to reduce your speed if the roads are wet, snow covered or have other obstacles that could make it more difficult to control your vehicle. You should also slow down when you are in a construction zone or when the traffic is heavy, as the chances of having an accident increase in these situations. In general, if the road isn't clear, dry and in its best condition, you should consider driving a little slower than usual.

Information for Victims

When an accident occurs because a driver is speeding, that driver can be held legally responsible for any injuries sustained by passengers and/or other drivers on the road. Drivers can be held liable in cases where they are exceeding the posted speed limit or when they are simply driving too fast for the conditions.

If you have been injured in an accident that was caused by a driver who was exceeding the speed limit or driving at an unsafe speed for the road conditions, you may be entitled to compensation for all related expenses. Benefits you may receive include reimbursement for medical bills and lost wages, compensation for loss of enjoyment of your life, benefits to cover future medical expenses and more. In order to recover these benefits, you must first file a personal injury claim against the party responsible for your accident. Under state law, you have only a limited time to file this lawsuit, so it is important to act quickly. To improve your chances of filing a successful claim and recovering the maximum amount of compensation, it is important to contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible.