One of the most frequent causes of accidents involving personal injury is excessive speed. Speeding reduces the ability of a driver to avoid objects, and makes it more difficult to maneuver through curves. Additionally, speeding also results in increased stopping distances and also increases the distance a vehicle travels during the driver’s reaction time. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that speeding was a factor in almost one-third of accidents during 2005, and directly caused the death of 757 individuals in Pennsylvania. In addition to the devastation caused by the loss of life, the financial impact is also enormous. Speed-related accidents cost $40.4 billion in 2000, and the overall costs of accidents to society costs approximately $7,300.00 per second!
The speed limits posted on a road take priority over the general speed limit laws. However, the general speed limits in Pennsylvania are as follows:
- 65 mph on highways – 75 Pa. C.S.A. § 3362
- 55 mph on other roads, unless posted otherwise – 75 Pa. C.S.A. § 3362
- 35 mph in urban areas – 75 Pa. C.S.A. § 3362
- 25 mph in residential areas – 75 Pa. C.S.A. § 3362
- 15 mph in school zones – 75 Pa. C.S.A. § 3365
If you were injured as a result of someone speeding, you should contact our experienced Pennsylvania personal injury law firm right away
If you or a family member has been injured in a motor vehicle accident a result of someone speeding, please use our Contact Form or call us now at 1-888-4-WFJ-LAW. There is no fee for an initial consultation on personal injury cases. Additionally, since personal injury cases are handled on a contingency fee basis, there is no charge for our services unless you receive money for your case.