Speed is a common cause of accidents that occur on New Jersey roads and highways. This is because it can be easier to lose control of your vehicle at higher speeds, and it can also be harder to stop, slow down or take other evasive actions when a vehicle is traveling quickly.
How fast is too fast?
Ideally, you will drive at speeds that are appropriate for road conditions. During periods of inclement weather, you might need to stay below the posted speed limit to ensure that you don’t cause an accident. It may also be a good idea to slow down while driving at night or on roads that you aren’t familiar with.
Why do motorists ignore the speed limit?
In some cases, drivers travel at unsafe speeds because they failed to give themselves enough time to reach their destination. Those who are impaired by drugs or alcohol may not be aware that they are driving too fast for road conditions or fail to comprehend the potential consequences of their actions. The same may be true for motorists who attempt to drive despite being too tired to do so safely.
Excessive speed can increase the severity of a crash
The faster a vehicle is traveling, the more force it can create when it collides with another object. Research has found that reducing your speed by even 10 miles per hour just prior to an impact can significantly reduce your chances of experiencing a serious injury or death. It may also minimize the risk of serious injury or death to anyone else involved in a motor vehicle accident.
If you are hurt in a car crash, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. An attorney may use photos, videos or witness statements to help establish that the accident was caused by another driver’s negligent behavior. This may make it easier to obtain the money that you need to pay medical bills and recover lost wages or future earnings.