As a car accidents lawyer, many of the cases I see involve a violation of the law. That is, the driver at-fault for the car accident violates some traffic safety law.
It can be running a stop sign. Or passing on the right instead of the left. Sometimes a driver fails to yield to another driver who has the right of way. Or maybe the at-fault driver was texting or speaking on his cell phone at the time of the crash.
As far as accidents caused by traveling at an improper speed go, in almost all such cases, driving too fast is the problem. When someone drives at 60 miles per hour, he covers 88 feet each second. If he speeds up to, say, 80 miles per hour, he is racing at 117 feet per second.
As any good New Jersey car accidents lawyer can tell you, when a driver drives that fast, one false move can be fatal. If the driver takes his eyes off the road for only three seconds, he will have covered more ground than the length of a football field.
Speeding is particularly dangerous at night. It is easy the drive so fast that one overshoots the range of one’s headlights. That is essentially driving blind.
Accordingly, slower driving is usually much safer. Not to mention a good way to avoid a traffic ticket and points on one’s license. Word to the wise.
Yet, too much of a good thing can be bad too. It is actually also against the law to drive at such a slow speed that one impedes or blocks the normal flow of traffic.
“Slow” Car Accident Lawyer Cases
For example, imagine a driver is on a highway with a speed limit of 65 miles per hour. He drives at 15 miles per hour.
That driver could easily receive a traffic summons for driving too slowly. Moreover, if such slow driving causes an accident, the slow driver will likely be found to be at-fault, in whole or in part.
Under New Jersey law, a driver who is mostly at-fault for an accident cannot recover compensation for the pain and suffering his injuries cause.
If you are ever are the victim of an at-fault driver, whether fast or slow, call an experienced car accidents lawyer right away. There are deadlines to take legal action that you don’t want to miss.