Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Abide by the Speed Limits

Speeding is one of the most prevalent causes of traffic injuries and deaths in the United States. This can be seen on the numerous media reports that tend to signify that each of us motorists should closely look after our driving speeds depending on the road and traffic conditions. It is important for us not exceed to the limits in order avoid injuries and even the call of death.

An article about an accident involving a motorcycle and a truck may serve as a warning for us that being prudence is always a factor to keep away from fatal accidents. As the witnesses stated, a motorcyclist has died instantly after hitting the rear end of a truck because of over speeding. The investigators have determined that the driver’s speed has reached about 120 miles per hour causing the great impact to happen.

The “Basic Speed Law” of California suggests that aside from what is posted on the roads, the motorists should also base their speed on the following:

  • the density of road users along with their speeds
  • the width of the path
  • the condition of the road surface
  • the presence of pedestrians and bicyclists on the side of the road
  • the weather condition
  • other circumstances that may affect their road visibility and safe travel

In many of the major highways and thoroughfares in California, the government has set a maximum speed limit of 65 mph. However, the motorists may ignore this rule depending on the street signs posted.

Yet, for me it is still best to maintain an average speed of 50 to 60 mph to be safer. As a trial attorney who has handled various vehicular accident cases, I do suggest that the motorist should exercise extreme prudence in traveling. They should ensure not only their own safety but also the safety of their passengers, pedestrians and other travelers as well.