Excessive speed is often cited as the cause of serious accidents that take place on Florida highways. Driving at speeds in excess of posted limits can be dangerous because it increases your stopping distance and makes your vehicle harder to control. It may also make it harder to process information in a timely manner, which prevents you from taking evasive action before it’s too late to avoid a collision.
Why is it harder to stop when you’re traveling at a high rate of speed?
The faster that your vehicle is traveling, the harder its brakes need to work to slow it down. While modern braking systems can do a good job of reducing a car’s speed in a relatively short period of time, they are still bound by the laws of physics. Furthermore, over time, brake pads and shoes will wear down, which makes the braking system less responsive. It can also result in secondary damage to your vehicle, which can make it even harder to reduce your car’s forward momentum in a timely manner.
The posted speed limit is merely a guide
It’s worth noting that you can observe a posted speed limit and still be driving too fast for road conditions. For instance, if a road is covered in water, leaves or oil, it may be difficult for your car to maintain contact with its surface. It may also be a good idea to travel below the posted speed limit during periods of extreme rain or fog. This is because your visibility is reduced during such periods, which can make it harder to react to changing road conditions. Ultimately, slowing down can reduce your risk of being involved in a motor vehicle accident.
Driving too fast for road conditions is generally considered to be a negligent act. If you are hurt in an accident caused by a negligent driver, you may be entitled to compensation. A financial award may help you pay medical bills or recoup other costs incurred because of the defendant’s reckless behavior.