What Are the Speed Limit Laws in Missouri?

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Speed limits are not picked at random. In fact, research and a lot of back-and-forth debate occurs between law enforcement, politicians, and traffic officials to decide upon maximum speed limits. In Missouri, many maximum speed limits are categorized primarily by the road type.

What Are the Maximum Speed Limits in Missouri?

Drivers are expected to drive no faster than the maximum speeds allowed, which are generally decided based on the following:

  • Rural Freeways – The maximum speed is 70 miles per hour on rural freeways and interstates. These are areas of highway that pass through sparsely populated areas, allowing drivers to move at faster speeds without risking nearby businesses or homes.
  • Urban Freeways – The maximum speed is 65 miles per hour, as these are large segments of freeway that are located in densely populated areas or within a city. These are more prone to road hazards and congestion.
  • Divided Roads – The maximum speed limit here is 70 miles per hour. Divided roads are those with concrete medians or some form of buffer zone that separates both sides of the highway. Undivided roads are restricted to 65 miles per hour.
  • Residential Areas – The maximum speed limit is 40 miles per hour. Residential roads have the highest potential for a speed-related accidents; therefore, the speed limits on these roads are strictly enforced. Be cautious and look out for school zones, construction zones, and high-pedestrian areas, which may have a dramatic reduction in speed.

Penalties for Ignoring Maximum Speed Limit Signs

There are speed limits signs posted any time the speed on a road changes. Driving over that posted speed limit or driving too fast for specific road conditions can lead to a speeding ticket, points on a driver’s license, and even suspension of license. Repeat offenders could lose driving privileges altogether.

Also, it is important to note that speeding can increase the likelihood of an accident with injuries or fatalities; therefore, drivers have a responsibility to drive safely. Ignoring that responsibility could be considered negligence, and the driver could be held responsible for injuries, property damage, or even fatalities caused by that negligence.

When Speed Limits Do Not Apply

A posted speed limit sign does not always apply. For example, if the road conditions or weather is dangerous, drivers are expected to slow their speeds (within reason) to accommodate for the adverse conditions ahead. Penalties for speeding increase when conditions are hazardous, such as when there is rain or snow on the road.

Injured by a Speeding Motorist?

If you were injured in an auto accident that was caused by a speeding driver, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Contact the Law Offices of Kevin J. Roach today to schedule a free case evaluation, and we will be happy to meet with you. Schedule your appointment by calling or by filling out a contact form online.