What’s the point of speed limits?

| Feb 8, 2021 | Accident Injury |

Every road has a speed limit. This is the maximum speed at which drivers should drive if the road conditions and weather are perfect.

Unfortunately, some drivers think that the speed limit is the minimum speed — or optional — so they drive faster than what’s safe. That puts everyone — including the speeder — at risk.

What are the risks of speeding?

Speed limits exist for a reason. Motorists who are driving faster than the posted speed limit risk losing control of their vehicle. They also have to accommodate for longer stopping distances, which might not be possible if they’re weaving in and out of lanes on the interstate when there’s a lot of traffic. 

Drivers who are speeding might not be able to react appropriately to the actions of other drivers or hazards in the road. This puts them at risk of causing a crash just because they chose to speed.

What should you do if you’re struck by a speeding driver?

You need to contact emergency services dispatchers to have them send out the police, as well as medics if necessary. If you’re struck by a speeding driver, you might suffer catastrophic injuries. These can include traumatic amputations, spinal cord damage or brain injuries. Anyone who’s hit in a traffic crash should seek medical care if they have signs of an injury. 

When another driver’s negligence, such as speeding, is the cause of the crash, you may opt to pursue a claim for compensation. This can help to shift the financial liability away from you and to the parties who are responsible for the crash.