Every driver in Florida is responsible for their own safety and the safety of other motorists sharing the road. It goes without saying that no driver wants to be involved in a car accident. But it also goes without saying that fewer car accidents would happen if all drivers exercised more caution behind the wheel. Drivers are responsible for following all traffic rules and regulations at all times. Unfortunately, many personal injury cases in the U.S. still occur as a result of car accidents. One of the common causes of accidents is speeding.
State and local authorities, who are responsible for ensuring that motorists obey traffic and safety laws, have imposed a speed limit on every Florida roadway. The Florida Department of Transportation establishes speed limits on highways, up to a maximum of 70 miles per hour on Interstates, up to 65 miles per hour on four-lane highways and up to 60 miles per hour on other state highways.
The purpose of speed limits is to provide improved safety by minimizing both the severity and probability of accidents. The faster the speed of a vehicle, the greater likelihood of an accident and the greater the damage it can cause to another individual or vehicle. Unfortunately, it has been determined that 90 percent of all licensed drivers have gone beyond the speed limit at some point in their driving career, and 75 percent of them have admitted to speeding regularly.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident caused by a speeding driver, you may have the right to compensation. Speeding is negligence, and if that negligence causes an accident the speeding driver is liable for any injuries that occur.
Source: SmartMotorist.com, "What Causes Car Accidents?", accessed on Oct. 30, 2014