When the dangers of speeding are so well-known, why do so many motorists persist in driving far too fast? According to drivers themselves, aside from the fairly obvious being in a hurry to get to a particular destination, the most common reasons for speeding include not paying attention to just how fast they are actually driving, or not giving any consideration to the speed limits imposed by law. Those laws were not put in to place just for the sake of creating legislation – the speed at which a vehicle is travelling at the point of impact is directly related to the severity of the injuries sustained by other motorists, passengers, cyclists, and pedestrians who may be nearby.
Did you know that, aside from driving while intoxicated, speeding is the main cause of traffic-related fatalities in Los Angeles, and across the United States?
If you, or a loved one, have been injured due to the reckless behavior of another motorist, you could benefit from the legal expertise of a JML Law attorney. When you hire one of our expert lawyers after a Los Angeles speed related accident, you could be closer to recovering maximum compensation in respect of your injuries.
Speed Related Accidents in Los Angeles, and the Law
There is a very good reason why there are speeding laws implemented across the world, and that is, quite simply, the dangers of driving too fast. The speed limits imposed on each road have been calculated based on the conditions and general environment in the area, and have been identified as the maximum safe speed for that stretch of road. Therefore, when a driver exceeds the speed limit, they are either deliberately or negligently posing an unnecessary risk both to themselves and others on the road.
In California, there are three types of speeding law:
- Basic speeding law prohibits driving at a speed greater than that which is deemed reasonable or prudent considering multiple factors such as the weather, road conditions, visibility, and the width of the road; or at a speed which endangers people or property
- Presumed speeding law means that there is a presumed speed limit of 15mph at railroad crossings, in alleys, and at highway intersections where there is less than 100 feet of visibility; and a limit of 25mph in business, residential, and some school zones. It should be noted that some school zones will have the lower limit of 15mph.
- Absolute speed limits of 70 mph on freeways displaying that limit, 65mph on freeways not signposted with a 70mph limit, and 55mph on two-lane undivided highways apply unless otherwise indicated by signage
Exceeding these speed limits constitutes a traffic violation and, perhaps more importantly, puts lives at risk unnecessarily. If you have sustained injuries in a speed related accident, our Los Angeles car accident attorneys could help you to secure the compensation you deserve.
Injured in a Speed Related Accident? You Need an Outstanding Los Angeles Lawyer
Speeding kills and, even when you are lucky, it can result in life-changing and life-limiting injuries. If you have been severely injured, or lost a loved one, due to a speed related accident in Los Angeles, a JML Law attorney could recover the compensation you are entitled to.
To secure the damages you deserve, schedule your free initial consultation by calling us today on 818-610-8800.
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