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