Speeding and Driving Too Fast for Conditions Car Accidents
There is perhaps no more common reason for car accidents in Seattle and Kirkland than when people speed or drive too fast for the conditions. Driving faster than the speed limit can contribute to very serious car accidents, which in turn result in very serious injuries for those in the car, truck, or SUV.
Unfortunately, in today’s age of cell phone usage while driving, speeding is one of the leading causes of accidents because oftentimes people are unaware of just how fast they are traveling when they create an accident.Washington State Laws on Speeding
Complying with speed limits would drastically, if not eliminate altogether, most car accidents in Washington State. It is the law to abide by speed limits since they are based on the design of the road. In addition, when you see a road sign for a speed limit, that is based on when the conditions are normal, if not good. The speed limit for a road may need to be lower than this when conditions are bad, such as when there is snow, rain, or ice.
RCW 46.61.400 is the Washington State law that applies to speed limits in the state.
(1) No person shall drive a vehicle on a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions and having regard to the actual and potential hazards then existing. In every event speed shall be so controlled as may be necessary to avoid colliding with any person, vehicle or other conveyance on or entering the highway in compliance with legal requirements and the duty of all persons to use due care.
(2) Except when a special hazard exists that requires lower speed for compliance with subsection (1) of this section, the limits specified in this section or established as hereinafter authorized shall be maximum lawful speeds, and no person shall drive a vehicle on a highway at a speed in excess of such maximum limits.
(a) Twenty-five miles per hour on city and town streets;
(b) Fifty miles per hour on county roads;
(c) Sixty miles per hour on state highways.
(3) The driver of every vehicle shall, consistent with the requirements of subsection (1) of this section, drive at an appropriate reduced speed when approaching and crossing an intersection or railway grade crossing, when approaching and going around a curve, when approaching a hill crest, when traveling upon any narrow or winding roadway, and when special hazard exists with respect to pedestrians or other traffic or by reason of weather or highway conditions.
While the speed limit is 60 miles per hour, very few people actually follow this speed limit, and because of people’s inclination to drive faster than 60, oftentimes accidents occur because of this. Speeding and the conditions of the road are very common factors for accidents. The condition of the road can also lead to the reason why the speed limit is set for what it is.
Another term or word for speeding too fast is someone who tailgates. Someone who tailgates is just a person who follows too closely. These following too close accidents are very common, especially on highways when it is hard to stop suddenly.Common Injuries from Speeding Accidents
Accidents that result from cars speeding too fast can often lead to very traumatic, serious injuries. The most common are:
- Bulging and herniated discs
If you have been injured in a car accident because of cars speeding too fast, then you may very well have a case that is worth investigating furtherHow The Jackman Law Firm can Help
If you have been injured in a car accident because of high speeds or speeding too fast for conditions, you most likely have a valid injury claim. You are also likely dealing with the following:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Out of pocket expenses such as a cane, wheelchair, etc.
With the help of The Jackman Law Firm, we can help you with all of this. We can help you recover your lost wages, obtain money for pain and suffering, recover money for lost wages, and make sure all of your medical bills are paid by the appropriate insurance company. In addition, there are things that may need to be proven, such as how exactly how the accident occurred, how fast each car was going, and the Jackman Law Firm has the resources and know-how to prove your case for the best possible outcome.